A prominent online supporter of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) named Jabal, who currently has over 2,500 followers on Twitter (@a01100500), recently polled his followers on the idea of opening a Facebook account. On November 26, 2015 he asked: “Would you advise me to open a Facebook account?” Most of his followers (66%) advised against it, warning that writing on Facebook could pose a security risk for jihadis, and also that jihadi Facebook pages are frequently shut down. Others were in favor of opening a Facebook account.
The following are a few of the responses:
Hossam – Abki ‘ala Sham (“Cry for Syria”) wrote: “My dear brother, Facebook is not safe.”
Abu Maher Al-Gharib wrote: “[Jihadi] Facebook accounts are closed faster than the speed of light.”
Hamel Rayat Al-Tawhid wrote: “The Facebook company, which recently purchased WhatsApp, is one of the social media companies that is most cooperative with the FBI against the mujahideen. I strongly warn you against it.”
Abu Abd Al-Rahman Al-Shami added: “It [the account] will be shut down quickly and you will squabble a lot with the Facebook administration.”
Conversely, Abu ‘Awwad Al-Awlaqi was in favor, saying: “It is very necessary, there are many followers on Facebook.”