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Islam and the Media (20 Oct 2014 NewAgeIslam.Com)

Battling Jihadist Propaganda and Recruitment in the Cyber World: Internet Providers and Social Media Networks Are Working Together To Prevent Jihadist Ideology from Reaching the Targeted Youth


By Bakari Gueye

(Translated from Arabic by Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam)

Soon, it will be very difficult for the ISIS to recruit new elements and members and spread its messages across the world. The reason is that dozens of European countries have now agreed to devise sophisticated measures to control the border with an aim to create obstacles for the ISIS recruits in travelling freely. Most importantly, these countries have tied up with the internet providers and social media networks to hunt the jihadist outfit where it hurts. And that is being done by working together to prevent jihadist ideology from reaching the targeted youth in their impressionable ages. Representatives of Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter were invited to Luxembourg on the 8th October to meet with 28 European interior ministers and discuss ways to counteract the intensive use of social networks by ISIS.

According to Maghreb internet security analyst Abduhu Wald Mohammad, "Cyber world is now the main channel of communication for jihadists, so there's a really urgent need to do something about that in order to curb this destructive propaganda." We need to prevent online terrorist activities, which are wreaking havoc on our young people. Therefore, all of the major social networks need to get involved. Still, fighting ISIS threat in cyberspace is a complex task, as the European Union counter-terrorism chief Gilles de Kerchove de Kerchove has explained. We have seen how a group such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) began on Twitter. Twitter has closed down quite a few accounts, they moved to another network, which did the same thing. Then they moved to a Russian network. Social media outlets have real room for manoeuvre in this area, as well as a duty. It's their responsibility to be responsible about it. It is good to see that European states also reached out to internet providers and social media networks to hit the jihadist group.

Along with fighting ISIS in cyberspace, Europe is also working on border security. On October 9, during a European Union meeting on the ISIS issue, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said: "We must ensure that within the Schengen Information System (SIS), every police officer at the external borders of the EU can find out whether the person who is leaving is going to join jihadists. 3,000 fighters have left Europe to wage jihad, and we don't want Europe to become an exporter of terrorism. Above all, we don't want trained fighters to come back to Europe to plan attacks.

In the same spirit, EU counter-terrorism official de Kerchove said: "We have knowledge of many imminent returns from Syria and Iraq, and we need to be ready to detect them."

In another move, Europe's border control agency, Frontex, will kick off a multi-million-euro joint security initiative in November. "Operation Triton" will involve the deployment of aircraft and boats to monitor the Mediterranean. ISIS returnees to Europe will not and should not be able to slip by unnoticed. According to the EU counter-terrorism chief de Kerchove, EU countries will prosecute militants if they have evidence they have joined a radical organisation and will discreetly monitor those for whom they have no evidence. "Each and every returnee" will be assessed for risk, de Kerchove said. He said he did not expect large-scale attacks. "But the lone wolf with a Kalashnikov may do a lot of damage," he said.

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