University of Maine: Sporer finds ISIL supporters promote justifications of terrorist group’s violence on Twitter

University of Maine: Sporer finds ISIL supporters promote justifications of terrorist group’s violence on Twitter. “Sympathizers of the Islamic State and the Levant (ISIL) use Twitter to promote justifications of mass casualty violence perpetrated against civilians by the terrorist group, according to a new study led by Karyn Sporer, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Maine.”

Voice of America News: IS’s Virtual Caliphate Struggles to Regain Footing on Social Media

Voice of America News: IS’s Virtual Caliphate Struggles to Regain Footing on Social Media. “Islamic State media operatives appear to be flailing about in cyberspace, still trying to recover more than a week after tens of thousands of their messaging accounts were targeted by European officials. Unlike some past efforts to hamper the terror group’s propaganda efforts, which dealt only temporary setbacks, the latest takedown seems to be having a lasting impact, counterterrorism officials and analysts say.”

Neowin: Europol says it has taken Islamic State presences offline

Neowin: Europol says it has taken Islamic State presences offline. “The European Union’s police agency, Europol, has announced that it has hit Islamic State’s online presence, claiming that the group is totally offline for the time being. With the rapidity that online groups can be set up, they may spring back up in time but it’ll likely take a while for any subscribers of those channels to reconnect.”

Seattle Times: Facebook still auto-generating Islamic State, al-Qaida pages

Seattle Times: Facebook still auto-generating Islamic State, al-Qaida pages. “In the face of criticism that Facebook is not doing enough to combat extremist messaging, the company likes to say that its automated systems remove the vast majority of prohibited content glorifying the Islamic State group and al-Qaida before it’s reported. But a whistleblower’s complaint shows that Facebook itself has inadvertently provided the two extremist groups with a networking and recruitment tool by producing dozens of pages in their names.”

TechCrunch: Hackers are spreading Islamic State propaganda by hijacking dormant Twitter accounts

TechCrunch: Hackers are spreading Islamic State propaganda by hijacking dormant Twitter accounts. “Hackers are using a decade-old flaw to target and hijack dormant Twitter accounts to spread terrorist propaganda, TechCrunch has learned. Many of the affected Twitter accounts appeared to be hijacked in recent days or weeks — some longer — after years of inactivity. A sudden shift in tone or the language used in tweets often gives away the hijack — usually a single tweet in Arabic, sometimes praising Allah or retweeting propaganda from another account.”

Inside Higher Education: Controversy Over an ISIS Archive

Inside Higher Education: Controversy Over an ISIS Archive . “Middle East studies scholars are criticizing a decision by George Washington University to cooperate with The New York Times to create a public online archive of the ‘ISIS files,’ internal Islamic State documents that were removed from Iraq by the newspaper and became the subject of the investigative article ‘The ISIS Files.’ The Middle East Studies Association’s Committee on Academic Freedom previously criticized the newspaper’s decision to remove and publicize the documents, arguing in a letter in May that the Times had no right to remove the documents and that the publication of documents containing personal information risked endangering the safety of individual Iraqis.”

BBC: IS propaganda ‘hidden on Internet Archive’

BBC: IS propaganda ‘hidden on Internet Archive’. “Supporters of the Islamic State group are using the Internet Archive to frustrate efforts to delete their online propaganda, a study suggests. The report analysed hundreds of thousands of links posted to two hidden forums used by the extremist group. Archive.org links were found to be the most common type on both of the forums for the past two years.”