The Rise of Jihadist Propaganda on Social Networks

22 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2017

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Adam Badawy

University of Southern California - Information Sciences Institute

Emilio Ferrara

University of Southern California - Information Sciences Institute

Date Written: March 7, 2017

Abstract

Using a dataset of over 1.9 million messages posted on Twitter by about 25,000 ISIS members, we explore how ISIS makes use of social media to spread its propaganda and to recruit militants from the Arab world and across the globe. By distinguishing between violence-driven, theological, and sectarian content, we trace the connection between online rhetoric and key events on the ground. To the best of our knowledge, ours is one of the first studies to focus on Arabic content, while most literature focuses on English content. Our findings yield new important insights about how social media is used by radical militant groups to target the Arab-speaking world, and reveal important patterns in their propaganda efforts.

Suggested Citation

Badawy, Adam and Ferrara, Emilio, The Rise of Jihadist Propaganda on Social Networks (March 7, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2982256 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2982256

Adam Badawy

University of Southern California - Information Sciences Institute ( email )

United States

Emilio Ferrara (Contact Author)

University of Southern California - Information Sciences Institute ( email )

United States

HOME PAGE: http://emilio.ferrara.name

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