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

Conway, Maura, Khawaja, Moign, Lakhani, Suraj, Reffin, Jeremy, Weir, David and Robertson, Andrew (2018) Disrupting Daesh: measuring takedown of online terrorist material and its impacts. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. ISSN 1057-610X

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Abstract

This article contributes to public and policy debates on the value of social media disruption activity with respect to terrorist material. In particular, it explores aggressive account and content takedown, with the aim of accurately measuring this activity and its impacts. The major emphasis of the analysis is the so-called Islamic State (IS) and disruption of their online activity, but a catchall “Other Jihadi” category is also utilized for comparison purposes. Our findings challenge the notion that Twitter remains a conducive space for pro-IS accounts and communities to flourish. 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; it is just one node in a wider jihadist social media ecology. This is described and some preliminary analysis of disruption trends in this area supplied too.

Item Type: Article
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
Subjects: A General Works
Depositing User: Suraj Lakhani
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2018 10:04
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2018 14:13
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/79832

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