Use of Social Media for Promoting Extremism


Social media has become an immensely powerful tool of communication as well as persuasion. It would not be inappropriate to say that social media is the conqueror of minds and thoughts. There are a huge amount of disadvantages of social media parallel to its advantages. People use it for their negative propagandas. One of those propagandas is terrorism, with the availability of free media in the hands of young minds and innocent souls make them vulnerable to manipulation. From biggest terrorist organizations such as Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Taliban to small regional organizations use social media to communicate their messages to people, inviting them to join them, post threatening videos, issuing statements for taking responsibility or denying any terrorist activity and also the videos of brutal killings of the captives. Many attempts have been made to control the use of social media for terrorism.