Since social media platforms such as Facebook will often remove content that blatantly endorses a terrorist group and violates their terms of service, some Islamic State (ISIS) activists on these two platforms have adapted their dissemination strategy accordingly, and are taking a new approach to circulating ISIS content online. They are creating groups that claim to be anti-ISIS, such as “Campaign against ISIS terrorists’ online presence” (a pro-ISIS group on Facebook), or that have seemingly innocuous names such as “Twitter News” (a pro-ISIS channel on Telegram); upon closer inspection, these groups turn out to be circulating content that would be subject to removal.
The “Daesh Propaganda Videos” Facebook group shares official ISIS videos on its page; the term “Daesh” is the Arabic acronym for “ISIS” but is not favored or used by the group itself
Another group, called “Anti Daesh,” also shares ISIS content.
A Facebook group called “Campaign against ISIS terrorists’ online presence” posts a host of official ISIS videos on its page. This page is nearly identical to the page of a Facebook group under the same name that actually is commited to removing ISIS pages. A January 28 post by the group features an Al-Hayat Media Center video on the November 2015 Paris attacks; as of this writing, this video hadbeen viewed 2,700 times.
The page’s description reads: “Online propaganda is one of the biggest recruitment tools of ISIS. This page is dedicated to taking down ISIS pages, websites, and Twitter accounts. Join us.”
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