28 Jun 2013

New Article – Twitter as beacon for Jihadi Zeitgeist

Posted by Wandren PD

CTC frontpageThis article, published in the CTC Sentinel, a journal published by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, discusses the emergence of jihadist social media strategies.

The article shows how the Syrian jihadist group Jabhat al-Nusra (JN) has used Twitter to disseminate content, and analyzes content shared by JN. Using an interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of jihadist propaganda, this article demonstrates how jihadist groups are using Twitter to disseminate links to video content shot on the battlefield in Syria and posted for mass consumption on YouTube. Data for this article is derived from analysis based on more than 76,000 tweets, containing more than 34,000 links to web-based content. Through the mining of this data, this article identifies a content sharing network of more than 20,000 active Twitter accounts and a collection of YouTube video files that have been viewed nearly 450,000 times.

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