11 January 2012

Terorrist groups using Facebook for recruitment

Terrorist groups, blacklisted by the US, are relying on Facebook to urge users to join and support Hezbollah, Hamas and other militant groups.

"Today, about 90 percent of organized terrorism on the Internet is being carried out through the social media. By using these tools, the organizations are able to be active in recruiting new friends without geographical limitations," says Gabriel Weimann, professor at the University of Haifa.

The most advanced of Western communication technology is, paradoxically, what the terror organizations are now using to fight the West.

The shift to social media, and especially Facebook and Twitter, has not bypassed terrorist groups, who are keenly interested in recruiting new support in the new media's various arenas, chat rooms, YouTube, Myspace, and more.

The social media is enabling the terror organizations to take initiatives by making 'Friend' requests, uploading video clips, and the like, and they no longer have to make do with the passive tools available on regular websites.

Facebook platform is being used as a resource for gathering intelligence.

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