ISIS Supporters Around the World Rally for Steep Escalation in Online Jihad
ISIS-linked media groups are calling on supporters to help expand the virtual caliphate by escalating media jihad on a variety of popular platforms.
In a propaganda poster distributed online in English and Arabic, Muntasir Media, showing a grenade wrapped in computer keyboard letters, directed followers to "Support Your State": "Help to expand, transfer and share the official contents of the Islamic State to other platforms."
Arrows direct users to go to YouTube, Facebook and Twitter -- platforms that have tried to crack down on Islamic State content for years, chasing many online jihadists to Telegram channels and lesser-known platforms to distribute propaganda and recruit members.
Muntasir's previous releases include a six-minute, Spanish-language video released in December showing images of bodies in the August 2017 Las Ramblas attack and declaring that "the cells are ready" to strike "designated" targets again. It showed photos of veiled Muslim women being taken into custody by police in various situations, calling for a "new attack in revenge for our sisters."
Other ISIS-supporting media groups have also been spreading the word for jihadists to take the campaign online now as never before.
Last week, a poster from the Al-Haq Foundation also encouraged media jihad, showing a hooded figure typing on a laptop computer in front of icons for various online platforms including Reddit, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Vine, and Snapchat.