How ISIS is using social media to spread its message

A photo posted on the @ISIS_Media_Hub Twitter. The group has been active on social media, and until last week, even had its own app. (Twitter)


As the battle for territory continues to rage in Syria and Iraq, the militant group ISIS is extending its fight for hearts and minds into the online world.

ISIS, also known as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, took control of a fourth town in Iraq on Sunday. And the group is using social media to attract fighters and supporters.

"What we see is an unprecedented organization around social media."

Erin Marie Saltman, senior researcher at Quilliam

The group has used Youtube, Instagram and Twitter. And as late as last week, there was even an ISIS app. It was available for several weeks until Google pulled it from its app store.

To find out more about how ISIS uses social media to further its cause, we were joined by two guests:

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This segment was produced by The Current's Lara O'Brien and Dawna Dingwall.

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