"We told you from the beginning it's not your war, but you didn't get it and kept closing our accounts on Twitter, but we always come back," said a message posted on an anonymous online website that has been frequented by the Islamic State to spread its propaganda.
- Yes, threats of terrorism have reached a point where everyone must unite in a firm military response19.7% (202)
- No, we are nowhere near a large-scale world war20.1% (206)
- I believe that the WWIII will be unleashed not by ISIL but by other forces60.1% (614)
The radical group relies heavily on Twitter and other online tools to wage its propagandistic and recruitment campaign. In the fall, as many as 45,000 Twitter accounts were part of a sophisticated network spreading Islamist content online.
The Islamic State's network on Twitter has suffered a heavy blow since then. As many as 18,000 accounts affiliated with the militants were suspended in recent months in a virtual counteroffensive. However, these efforts will only be successful if Twitter does not back down under pressure.