The Tweet is Mightier than the Sword

The sophisticated social-media strategy of ISIS

theatlantic-c1dc28f02The advance of an army used to be marked by war drums. Now it’s marked by volleys of tweets.

‘The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Sunni militant group that seized Iraq’s second-largest city last week and is now pledging to take Baghdad, has honed this new technique—most recently posting photos on Twitter of an alleged mass killing of Iraqi soldiers. But what’s often overlooked in press coverage is that ISIS doesn’t just have strong, organic support online. It also employs social-media strategies that inflate and control its message. Extremists of all stripes are increasingly using social media to recruit, radicalize and raise funds, and ISIS is one of the most adept practitioners of this approach.

‘One of ISIS’s more successful ventures is an Arabic-language Twitter app called The Dawn of Glad Tidings, or just Dawn. The app, an official ISIS product promoted by its top users, is advertised as a way to keep up on the latest news about the jihadi group…’

Something Selfies are Useful For
‘Selfie’ of woman’s mini-stroke helps doctors make diagnosis
A Canadian woman may have saved her own life by recording her stroke with her smartphone, CBC News reported.

‘In April, Stacey Yepes’s face froze and she began experiencing trouble speaking. Thinking it may be a stroke, she went to the hospital after her symptoms subsided. Doctors suspected she was simply suffering from stress and sent her home with tips for stress management.

‘Two days later, the 49-year-old began experiencing numbness on the left side of her body while she was driving. Yepes pulled over and began recording video on her smartphone, narrating the tingling sensation and her inability to smile. About a minute into the video, she shows she’s unable to lift up her hand…’

Federal Judge Rules Required Social Media Disclaimers Unlawful
‘Requiring your employees to include a disclaimer in their social media posts that their opinions are their own is “unreasonably burdensome” and unlawful, according to a federal judge.

‘The development is just the latest in a series of decisions by the National Labor Relations Board, which has been progressively challenging employers to reconsider whether or not they have the right to dictate how their employees use social media.

‘The decision to restrict employers from requiring an “opinions are my own” disclaimer in their social media posts was triggered by an unfair labor practice charge from a Kroger employee who received a written warning for failing to comply…’


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