Second-Tier Al-Qaeda Activists Embrace Twitter for Online Jihad: The Case of the Ansarullah Blog

By: Steven Stalinsky*

February 9, 2012

Introduction

Twitter has become an important social media website for terrorist organizations in their media jihad. As the MEMRI Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) has documented, groups such as the Somali Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabaab Al-Mujahedeen,[1] the Taliban,[2] Hizbullah,[3] and Hamas,[4] along with an ever growing list of terrorist organizations are now actively tweeting.

Al-Qaeda, too, is active on Twitter, using it along with Facebook and YouTube in its media campaign to disseminate propaganda and to reach followers and potential recruits. The organization has always depended on its official, affiliated, and second-tier websites, as well as on online activists, to advance its philosophy.

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