Today in the world of politics the world faces many issues with regard to the threat of propaganda and war on the horizon when we look at the situation in the Syria and Iraq with regard to the terrorist organisation that is ISIS or referred also as ISIL and the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria. The situation with ISIS is of international and domestic concern due to the rising strength and threat that ISIS possesses. What is most concerning from my point of view is its propaganda machine on social media and how ISIS masterfully manipulates the media and how it encourages people from all around to fight with the Islamic state.
The Islamic state uses many of the most popular of social media platforms to advertise their ideology and propaganda to the world for everyone to see. There aim is simple to recruit fighters from Muslim communities but also importantly ISIS social media targets western people, in particular the Islamic state appeal to people that have been abused by society due to their religion or other. The Islamic State regularly posts updates and propaganda material on a daily basis in order to branch out and recruit and “Influence” as many people as it can due to its need of fighters in the regions of Syria and Iraq. Islamic state uses media to recruit western fighters to fight the coalition and international community which includes the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and Jordan among many other countries. The fight is intensifying between the coalition and ISIS but so is the war on tackling ISIS on social media platforms.
The video above shows how ISIS are using social media especially Twitter to subject people and influence people from the west to fight with ISIS in Syria and Iraq. ISIS have a strong control on the way they run their social media campaign and this is especially true when you look at the difficulties Twitter and other social media platforms have in fighting these pages and profiles.
The ISIS propaganda machine is a strong element, severely crucial to their organisation because they recruit fighters primarily through social media and propaganda to fight the coalition and Syrian and Iraq army. Examples of their propaganda is ever evident in the news for example we can look at how ISIS uses “Violence” to influence fighters to come and fight with them. An example of this is the brutality of ISIS execution videos most notably the beheadings of western Journalists by the masked Islamic state terrorist “Jihadi John” who has recently been identified as Muhammad Emwazi who originates from London, UK. The videos are very distressing and very disturbing but its these execution videos that not only recruit foreign fighters but it sends out a chilling message to the international community and world of the threat of ISIS in our countries that we live in.
Jihadi John’s image is used as a tool to strike fear to the international community and anyone that challenges ISIS, the videos are sheer propaganda through their depiction of brutal inhumanity and disregard to the innocent in the videos. What ISIS does is that it uploads these videos and within seconds the videos are headline news on social media and TV. Throughout its campaign ISIS implies professional editing of its videos. ISIS regularly posts genocidal vidoes including mass executions, and other despicable and evil videos.
Below is an example of a twitter ISIS account
ISIS uses Twitter and Facebook regularly to post updates and propaganda videos to these accounts which is highly of concern to the international community.
TACKLING ISIS’s SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN
The international community is tackling the threat of ISIS on the grounds in Syria and Iraq but the war on social media is proving a difficult war due to the fact ISIS are constantly creating new accounts throughout the world which makes it difficult in defeating ISIS on the internet and on social media platforms. The world is not afraid of ISIS and so the fight is being delivered to ISIS. Twitter and Facebook are fighting hard to tackle ISIS media on social media. Over a thousand ISIS accounts are taken down each day on twitter but the problem here is that they are created again. Spreading of videos is being censored and the crimes to which ISIS activate has been intensified. https://ibrabo.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/the-new-battleground-for-isis-facebook/ Blog covers the war with ISIS on Facebook, it is a great read especially because it deals with Facebooks war on ISIS and how ISIS advertises itself on Facebook. Worth noting also the hacking group named “Anonymous” are also helping in the fight against ISIS on social media. The group currently has intercepted and taken down numerous ISIS accounts and also maybe giving location of ISIS members, militants.
The organization named SITE is an monitoring intelligence group that pushes major social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to become stricter, take down and degrade ISIS accounts. Link to page https://news.siteintelgroup.com/
So to finish off, ISIS has certainly caused international concern on social media through its propaganda and brutal videos but as we can see looking to the future it will be a long war with ISIS but it will be Inevitable ISIS will be defeated and destroyed on social media and the world. Good will prevail in the world, and ISIS propaganda and militant will be ridden from this earth forever.