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Terrorist propaganda in social media no joke

  • Hans David Tampubolon

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 26 2016   /  09:24 am
Explication: Noor Huda Ismail (right) and Teuku Akbar Maulana speak after a screening of the former’s documentary Jihad Selfie.(JP/Ricky Yudhistira)(right) and Teuku Akbar Maulana speak after a screening of the former’s documentary Jihad Selfie.(JP/Ricky Yudhistira)

Explication: Noor Huda Ismail (right) and Teuku Akbar Maulana speak after a screening of the former’s documentary Jihad Selfie.(JP/Ricky Yudhistira)Are you tired with your life? Do you want to achieve more before your time is up? Then join us and achieve your dreams.

The line above is a cliche of a multi-level marketing (MLM) opportunity pitch but nowadays, Islamic terrorist groups have also begun to use this kind of dream-selling propaganda to recruit young and naive aspiring jihadists into their ranks.

A documentary entitled Jihad Selfie by social activist Noor Huda Ismail shows how the Islamic State (IS) movement uses word-of-mouth propaganda through social media to expand its network of jihadists.

As with MLM, IS uses newly recruited jihadists to recruit others, mainly via Facebook.

The promised rewards are not millions in monthly passive income or free...