Disrupting Daesh: measuring takedown of online terrorist material and its impacts

Conway, Maura, Khawaja, Moign, Lakhani, Suraj, Reffin, Jeremy, Robertson, Andrew and Weir, David (2017) Disrupting Daesh: measuring takedown of online terrorist material and its impacts. Project Report. The Vox-Pol Network of Excellence.

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Abstract

This report seeks to contribute to public and policy debates on the value of social media disruption activity with respect to terrorist material. We look in particular at aggressive account and content takedown, with the aim of accurately measuring this activity and its impacts. Our findings challenge the notion that Twitter remains a conducive space for Islamic State (IS) accounts and communities to flourish, although IS continues to distribute propaganda through this channel. However, not all jihadists on Twitter are subject to the same high levels of disruption as IS, and we show that there is differential disruption taking place. IS’s and other jihadists’ online activity was never solely restricted to Twitter. Twitter is just one node in a wider jihadist social media ecology. We describe and discuss this, and supply some preliminary analysis of disruption trends in this area.

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Project Report)
Additional Information: ISBN 9781873769706
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Research Centres and Groups: Crime Research Centre
Sussex Humanities Lab
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Depositing User: Suraj Lakhani
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2018 13:39
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2018 13:44
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/69935

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