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US struggling to counter Islamic State's clever social media strategy

The Islamic State and Western world engage in online propaganda war.

Published Sun, May 24 2015 11:30 PM CDT   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:16 PM CDT

The Islamic State continues vicious attacks in Iraq and Syria, taking over new territory while also suffering setbacks - and the fight continues on another front: the Internet.

US struggling to counter Islamic State's clever social media strategy | TweakTown.com

The US State Department's Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (CSCC) tries to monitor how IS uses the Internet for its own purposes, though has struggled to counter its evolving online strategy. Secretary of State John Kerry has hired Richard Stengel, former Time managing editor, to help create a new strategy to publish the harsh reality of citizens living under IS control.

Here is what Stengel told the Houston Chronicle: "You say the Caliphate is heaven on earth? We're going to show you pictures where sewers don't work. You're winning on the battlefield? Here's a satellite picture of you guys retreating."

Extremist groups benefit from being able to publish propaganda while also recruiting new members using social media. Even though the group's official accounts were bounced from Twitter, it's still easy to find pro-IS members using Twitter, Facebook, and other social networking sites.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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