On June 26, 2017, a Dutch ISIS fighter posted on Facebook two photos of himself in Raqqa. The comments he received on the photos were overwhelmingly positive; however, one London man named Ahmed Hussain left a disparaging comment, underlining ISIS’s recent ban on its fighters using any social media. That same day, he also changed his Facebook status to state that anyone claiming to be an ISIS member on social media should be reported to the “right” authorities – likely a reference to ISIS’s hisbah, or morality police.
On May 14, 2017, a memo was issued by the Islamic State’s (ISIS) Delegated Committee, a central body that oversees ISIS’s institutions, forbidding the organization’s fighters to use social media, on the grounds that social media are employed by the enemy to spy on and target ISIS fighters. The memo warns: “Any transgressor will be held accountable and dealt with.”
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