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August 2, 2021

Social media in the fight against terrorism

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As technology evolves, so does everyone including the terror recruits and radicalizers. They use the internet to reach out to their target audience. They improve in their communications skills ensuring they can pass their messages to their different targets in the best way possible, including translating their messages to languages that suite all their audience, they use the internet to monitor what is going on around the places they have potential recruits, they monitor the different places to know what form of weaknesses they would use to come up with their false narratives. They use the internet to source for financial resources ensuring that they know whom to get their resources from, how they would channel the financial sources needed and in the same way, keep accounting for the sources received to ensure that their sponsors have a reason to keep funding their causes. Radicalizers maximize the use of different social media platforms to pass their message, radicalize their target groups, recruit them, plan, and execute the terror attacks and use the same mediums to report their success stories to the whole world.

As we fight terrorism, we need to keep into account that technology and especially the internet is a very powerful tool. This is where the fight against terrorism starts, by identifying the vulnerable target groups and spreading counter-narrative messages to them. Always keeping an eye on what is happening in the social media space and platforms and ensuring that the false and misleading messages are corrected, and the target audience is made aware of the ill motives of these terrorists. Ensuring that the social media space is not used to spread hate and any violent messages are pulled down to ensure that it does not reach their target audience. Instead, the same social space can be used to spread positive messages through different talents like the use of art, music and poetry. This can be done through collaborations with the different individuals and organizations that are involved in the fight against violent extremism and terrorism.

The growth in technology when fully maximized is a very powerful tool in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism. It’s one of the media that can be used by different organizations, communities, and the nation at large to pass the messages and narratives that pass the message of peace and cohesion amongst its citizens.