A snapshot of the Syrian Jihadi online ecology: differential disruption, community strength, and preferred other platforms

Conway, Maura, Khawaja, Moign, Lakhani, Suraj and Reffin, Jeremy (2021) A snapshot of the Syrian Jihadi online ecology: differential disruption, community strength, and preferred other platforms. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. pp. 1-19. ISSN 1057-610X

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Abstract

This article contributes to the growing literature on extremist and terrorist online ecologies and approaches to snapshotting these. It opens by measuring Twitter’s differential disruption of so-called “Islamic State” versus other jihadi parties to the Syria conflict, showing that while Twitter became increasingly inhospitable to IS in 2017 and 2018, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham and Ahrar al-Sham retained strong communities on the platform during the same period. An analysis of the same groups’ Twitter out-linking activity has the twofold purpose of determining the reach of groups’ content by quantifying the number of platforms it was available on and analyzing the nature and functionalities of the online spaces out-linked to.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
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Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2021 08:15
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2021 09:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/96427

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