For those of you who are worried about the expansion of ISIS and their terrorist acts, the Obama administration has great news. They’re losing support on Twitter. What a relief, huh?
CBS News reports:
Obama administration: ISIS is losing ground on Twitter
WASHINGTON — The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s Twitter traffic has plunged 45 percent in the past two years, the Obama administration says, as the U.S. and its allies have countered messages of jihadi glorification with a flood of online images and statements about suffering and enslavement at the hands of the extremist organization.
Among the images: A teddy bear with Arabic writing and messages saying ISIS “slaughters childhood,” ”kills innocence,” ”lashes purity” or “humiliates children.” A male hand covering a female’s mouth, saying ISIS “deprives woman her voice.” A woman in a black niqab (veil), bloody tears coming from a bruised eye, and the caption: “Women under ISIS. Enslaved. Battered. Beaten. Humiliated. Flogged.”
U.S. officials cite the drop in Twitter traffic as a sign of progress toward eliminating propaganda they blame for inspiring attacks around the world.
When the U.S. formed an international coalition in September 2014 to fight ISIS, the administration outlined multiple goals: military action and cutting off foreign fighters and finances, confronting the group’s extremist ideology and stemming the militants’ growing popularity in the Arab world and beyond.
The Obama administration is obsessed with social media and probably believes this is a major accomplishment but it doesn’t mean much in the real world.
Experts have suggested that ISIS uses social media for recruitment but the war against ISIS isn’t being waged on the internet. It’s happening in real places and affecting real people.
Newsflash to Obama: You can’t win a war with a hashtag.