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The Power of the Internet and Social Media in Facilitating Extremist Movements and Ideas

Amos N. Guiora

in Tolerating Intolerance

Published in print January 2014 | ISBN: 9780199331826
Published online January 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780199347254 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199331826.003.0005

Series: Terrorism: Documents of International and Local Control

The Power of the Internet and Social Media in Facilitating Extremist Movements and Ideas

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This chapter begins with an overview of extremist websites. It identifies terrorist organizations worldwide that maintain websites; the typical content of these websites; and their target audience. It then discusses how extremist websites use the Internet. A major goal of these groups is to communicate, recruit, plan and coordinate, network, raise funds, gain publicity, and promote propaganda. One example of online content that employs many of these goals is the online magazine Inspire produced by al-Qaeda supporters.

Keywords: Internet; social media; extremist websites; extremist groups; al-Qaeda

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Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration ; Public International Law

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