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Hacker group Anonymous has literally waged a war on the ISIS, releasing a guide to catching the Islamic Group extremists amid claims that it has already found thousands of extremists online.

In the wake of deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, the group launched its operation against the ISIS.

The ISIS in its guide – written in both French and English – asks its followers to report extremist Twitter accounts and also tells them how to find and hack accounts besides teaching them how to stay safe online. The group has shared the full guide on Pastebin, a popular site that Anonymous and others use for posting statements. The site’s main feature is that allows users to host text files without being traceable.

The group says its efforts have already led to closing down of thousands of accounts. The ISIS and its supporters on the other hand have threatened to attack Anonymous and its followers.

The operation’s alleged Twitter account @opparisofficial proclaimed earlier today that more than 5,500 ISIS Twitter accounts had been taken down.

The alleged person behind the Operation Paris account, an Italian, told BBC in a telephonic interview, “The propaganda of ISIS is based on advertising their actions. They want to strike terror with their name, with bloody images, with violent videos. We can not fight them with guns and rifles, stopping their propaganda is an effective way to weaken their manpower and their presence in the Internet. Disrupting their communications makes it difficult to organise their attacks in a fluid manner.”

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The Church And Priests Should Go Online: Vatican Experts

We had to learn to listen to younger people who live in that [digital] environment, and to understand from them what they find helpful and supportive

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Monsignor Paul Tighe from the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Social Communications talks to the Associated Press during an interview. VOA

Priests should get online if they want to connect with people who may no longer attend church but can still be reached via social media, the Vatican’s digital expert said Tuesday.

Monsignor Paul Tighe, who helped develop Pope Francis’ online presence, urged Catholic clergy across the world to embrace social media to reach believers and nonbelievers.

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A Facebook start page is shown on a smartphone in Surfside, Florida. Aug. 21, 2018. VOA

“Young people are, unfortunately, less present in our churches,” Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, told Reuters at a technology conference in Lisbon.

“Social media is a mechanism that allows us to engage in conversations, to engage with people who otherwise would never come across us and who we are.”

Pope Francis has nearly 18 million Twitter followers and his posts are widely shared, but not all church leaders are following his example, Tighe said.

“In the beginning, some Catholics said social media was nasty and that we should stay out of it,” he said.

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Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi (to the city and to the world) blessing at the end of the Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Apr. 1, 2018. VOA

“We have been trying to convince them that the digital arena is a hugely significant part of people’s lives.

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“We had to learn to listen to younger people who live in that [digital] environment, and to understand from them what they find helpful and supportive.”

It was the Irish bishop’s second year at the annual Web Summit — Europe’s biggest technology conference, which this year brought together 70,000 entrepreneurs and guests, including U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. (VOA)