Promoting Online Voices for Countering Violent Extremism

Promoting Online Voices for Countering Violent Extremism

Todd C. Helmus
Erin York
Peter Chalk
Copyright Date: 2013
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 16
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7249/j.ctt5hhvc2
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    Promoting Online Voices for Countering Violent Extremism
    Book Description:

    American Muslims play an important role in helping counter extremism, and are increasingly using social media to this end. RAND researchers identified challenges facing these Muslim activists, and identified ways to help empower these voices online.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-7871-1
    Subjects: Technology, Religion, Political Science

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  1. Promoting Online Voices for Countering Violent Extremism
    (pp. 1-16)
    Todd C. Helmus, Erin York and Peter Chalk

    Al-Qa’ida and its adherents have sought to promote their vision of militant jihad through an increasing propaganda campaign on the Internet. They have used chatrooms and message boards to create and foster communities of radical interest.¹ They have published radical e-magazines and thousands of extremist YouTube videos.² Some have also embarked on campaigns using Twitter and Facebook.³ This content increasingly targets Western audiences, seeks to argue that the West is at war against Islam, offers religious and ideological justifications for violence, and exhorts followers to take up the cause and act.

    It is true that this campaign has produced an...