CLAMPING DOWN ON ADVERTISING TERRORISM
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.