HASH TAG (#) JIHAD: Islamic State (ISIS) Online Recruitment

Image: March 1, 2015 Heaeder of an Islamic State created "Just Paste It" threatening to assassinate Twitter employees angry that its Twitter accounts have been repeatedly shut down. IntroductionOf all the things the Islamic State (Isis) has been able to accomplish in a very short period of time, online recruitment is one of the most significant. The Islamic State was not the first terror group to recruit via social media, but, they perfected have it in a way that no one expected – not even other Jihadist groups.It’s important to note that Isis recruitment efforts target a wide range of people, from the very wealthy to the poor; from the well-educated to the illiterate; and from the very old to the very young. This last demographic, however, is the most important. Youth (the aged 14-30 crowd) have been the driving force behind Isis, and the group is carefully targeting the Facebook and Twitter generation through the social media that define it. We must never forget that it is…

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jasmine opperman

Jasmine’s areas of expertise include methodological risk analysis and the management of intelligence processes (operations, counter-intelligence, covert activities and analysis). Jasmine is...