Terrorist recruiters use Instagram and YouTube to edit extremist content to avoid being moderated.
Experts have stated that extremist recruitment is now focused on inciting lone wolf or small cell terror attacks.
According to an expert, extremists are constantly changing their language to evade moderation on social media sites like Instagram and YouTube, which they use as a “vital” tool to recruit terrorists.
Patrik Hermansson, a far-right extremism researcher at the anti-extremism watchdog HOPE not Hate, said that propaganda and direct messaging potential recruits are two of the main techniques used by extremists.
“They use YouTube and live streaming to promote their ideas and to allow people to contact them,” he explained to me.
“However, there are more specific groups, smaller groups that are action-oriented and will plan to use violence.”
They actually reach out to people and ask them to join by sending direct messages.”
Extremist recruiters, he claims, will create accounts that promote certain ideals, then use coded language or be deliberately vague about their intentions to avoid social media moderation.
Extremists, for example, may purposefully misspell key words to avoid detection and moderation on social media platforms.
“They’re always coming up with new ways of saying things,” Mr Hermansson said.
On Remembrance Sunday, a taxi blew up outside the Liverpool Women’s Hospital, prompting his remarks.
Police have declared it a terrorist attack, which they believe was carried out by Emad Al Swealmeen, 32, who died in the blast.
In response, the UK’s terror threat level was raised from “substantial” to “severe,” indicating that an attack is now considered “highly likely.”
I discovered one YouTube profile for a Moroccan-born Islamist preacher who is said to have played a role in radicalizing a suicide bomber through sermons at a Paris mosque, according to the Counter Extremism Project’s Extremist Database.
Dr Dan Lomas, lecturer in intelligence and security studies at Brunel University, told me that some terror suspects work alone as “self-motivated” extremists.
Joe Whittaker, a lecturer in cyber threats, criminology, sociology, and social policy at Swansea University, told i that extremist recruitment is “much more about trying to inspire lone actor or small cell terror attacks now, whereas in previous decades, people may have gone to Al-Qaeda training camps abroad or even traveled to the caliphate to go and live in Islamic.”
UK news summary from Infosurhoy.
Terrorist recruiters are using Instagram and YouTube to edit extremist content to avoid moderation.
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How terrorist recruiters are editing extremist content to evade moderation on Instagram and YouTube