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The IS terrorists have a history of using of aspects of popular culture, such as rap music, to enhance their videos

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Propaganda videos featuring rap music and Hollywood-style editing were some of the tactics the Islamic State (IS) terrorists are using to lure individuals to join the militant group, a media report said on Thursday, August 11.

According to French authorities, a “super jihadi” from France has recruited at least 80 percent of the IS’s French-speaking terrorists through Hollywood-style videos and rap music, the Daily Mail reported.

Omar Omsen, also known as Omar Diaby, 41, was born in Senegal but grew up in Nice, France.

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Omsen moved to Syria in 2013 and was now seen by his followers as a spiritual leader. He leads a battalion of French jihadis and has produced a film celebrating the attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s headquarters in January 2015 that killed 12 people.

Captured ISIS fighter, Wikimedia commons
Captured ISIS fighter, Image source: Wikimedia commons

The IS terrorists have a history of using of aspects of popular culture, such as rap music, to enhance their videos, the Daily Mail reports.

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In April, pro-IS media group, al-Wa’ad media productions published a clip depicting the fall of the Eiffel Tower using graphics taken from the ‘Call of Duty’ video game.

Omsen was among at least 1,700 French citizens who have left to fight for the IS.

At least 250 persons have been murdered in the past 18 months by terrorists- more than the total number of French nationals killed by them in the entire 20th century. (IANS)

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    IS has recruited thousands of soldiers with the help of such propaganda videos. The coalition, besides bombing their assets on ground, needs to virtually attack too; like,blocking their sites, hacking their accounts, disabling their servers, etc.

  • Kabir Chaudhary

    IS has recruited thousands of soldiers with the help of such propaganda videos. The coalition, besides bombing their assets on ground, needs to virtually attack too; like,blocking their sites, hacking their accounts, disabling their servers, etc.

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Facebook, Twitter Urged to Do More to Police Hate on Sites

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Fake accounts on Twitter are many. VOA

Tech giants Facebook, Twitter and Google are taking steps to police terrorists and hate groups on their sites, but more work needs to be done, the Simon Wiesenthal Center said Tuesday.

The organization released its annual digital terrorism and hate report card and gave a B-plus to Facebook, a B-minus to Twitter and a C-plus to Google.

Facebook spokeswoman Christine Chen said the company had no comment on the report. Representatives for Google and Twitter did not immediately return emails seeking comment.

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Facebook one of the most popular apps in US. Pixabay
Facebook one of the most popular apps in US. Pixabay

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Wiesenthal Center’s associate dean, said Facebook in particular built “a recognition that bad folks might try to use their platform” as its business model. “There is plenty of material they haven’t dealt with to our satisfaction, but overall, especially in terms of hate, there’s zero tolerance,” Cooper said at a New York City news conference.

Rick Eaton, a senior researcher at the Wiesenthal Center, said hateful and violent posts on Instagram, which is part of Facebook, are quickly removed, but not before they can be widely shared.

He pointed to Instagram posts threatening terror attacks at the upcoming World Cup in Moscow. Another post promoted suicide attacks with the message, “You only die once. Why not make it martyrdom.”

Cooper said Twitter used to merit an F rating before it started cracking down on Islamic State tweets in 2016. He said the move came after testimony before a congressional committee revealed that “ISIS was delivering 200,000 tweets a day.”

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This photo shows Facebook launched on an iPhone, in North Andover, Mass., June 19, 2017. VOA

Cooper and Eaton said that as the big tech companies have gotten more aggressive in shutting down accounts that promote terrorism, racism and anti-Semitism, promoters of terrorism and hate have migrated to other sites such as VK.com, a Facebook lookalike that’s based in Russia.

There also are “alt-tech” sites like GoyFundMe, an alternative to GoFundMe, and BitChute, an alternative to Google-owned YouTube, Cooper said.

“If there’s an existing company that will give them a platform without looking too much at the content, they’ll use it,” he said. “But if not, they are attracted to those platforms that have basically no rules.”

The Los Angeles-based Wiesenthal Center is dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism, hate, and terrorism. (VOA)