Terrorism, Social Media, and the 21st Century

Hypothetical Scenario: A new terrorist group has taken the Internet by storm. It is called Jihad 2.0 and adheres to an ideology similar to Al-Qaeda’s. This group has multiple websites. Members have created videos with sermons and distributed them on YouTube and other sites. Members also have Facebook pages with thousands of followers. Some of the members have engaged in terrorist attacks in various locations around the globe, resulting in 5,000 deaths. The majority of those killed were Muslim, and one-fourth of those killed (1,250) were youths.

(1) What can the government do to counter this group’s ideology?
(2) What can the media do to counter this group’s ideology?


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