We all heard the horrible news about the beheadings of the two American journalist James Foley and Steven Sotloff by the terrorist organisation IS. They posted the horrible videos on social media websites to scare whole the world with those videos.
But the problem starts earlier in this process. All the people who fight for IS are for a big part recruited through social media. The IS has a whole social media strategy team who is leaded by Ahmad Abousamra. Through social media they can reach the whole world and they try to convince innocent young muslism from all over the world to come fight with them in Irak to create an Islamic State.
Not very long ago the social media didn’t exist and the only way to be recruited for this kind of terrorist groups was with mouth to mouth recruiting by Islamic preachers. But nowadays they post video messages at social media to persuade people to come to Irak and fight with them. And it works, and it comes very close to us. I read that a dutch guy was the leader of the Islamic State jail where James Foley was locked. Also I heard in the news that people from The Hague, the city where I live, are fighting with the jihad.. Scary!
In this video they show how IS use social media:
It scares me to see how close it comes to us, someone who lives in my street can maybe leave to fight with them in Irak! Isn’t that scary?
And how can we solve this problem? Is the responsibility in hands of the large social media platform as Facebook and Twitter or does the governments from the countries have to do something to stop the social media recruiting by IS?
I would like to hear your opinion about it!