CLAMP­ING DOWN ON AD­VER­TIS­ING TER­ROR­ISM

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The grue­some video of the be­head­ing of jour­nal­ist James Fo­ley high­lighted how ex­trem­ists are ef­fec­tively us­ing the so­cial me­dia to ter­rorise, in­cite and spread their mes­sage of hate.

Many months since his dis­ap­pear­ance in Syria, James Fo­ley resur­faced again on the in­ter­net. While the video of his bru­tal be­head­ing and his mur­derer's calm chal­lenge to Obama was be­ing ob­ses­sively shared on so­cial me­dia, another trend was emerg­ing. Fol­low­ing the wild pop­u­lar­ity of the hash­tag #ISIS­me­di­a­black­out, which called for not shar­ing any kind of vi­o­lent videos and images cre­ated for pro­pa­ganda and feed­ing into their mor­bid quest for pub­lic­ity, Twit­ter de­cided to sus­pend the ac­counts of those tweet­ing images or videos of the hor­rific in­ci­dent. This also re­newed the de­bate on how so­cial me­dia are em­pow­er­ing ter­ror­ists.

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