ISIS, the Islamic extremist group pushing to take Baghdad, has launched a sophisticated social media campaign to reach the masses.
Dr. Amanullah De Sondy, professor of Islamic studies at the University of Miami spoke to Fusion Live’s Mariana Atencio about what is behind the organization’s social media strategy and if Twitter, Facebook and YouTube should take any responsibility.
“It’s very difficult to place a responsibility on them because I think social media has to be open, and the same during the Arab Spring we had social media used in a productive way amongst those whose could classify as liberal or progressive. I fit has to remain neutral, it has to remain open. Now we are actually seeing the flip side to that. What we see here is social media being used in an unproductive way,” said Dr. De Sondy. “There has to be some responsibility. Anybody has to be regained whoever wants to cause harm on others. This is something not just that social media has, but Muslims also have a responsibility to say this is un-Islamic.”
The jihadist organization, founded in Iraq in 2003, has invaded Twitter to post updates and graphic photos of the violence at the hands of their militants. There is no exact number of Twitter accounts the group runs, but many of them have tens of thousands of followers.