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Gary R. Bunt

IS TikTok

CNBC, TikTok removes two dozen accounts used for ISIS propaganda

"TikTok removes approximately two dozen accounts responsible for posting extremist propaganda on the app." Based on Georgia Wells' article for WSJ, Islamic State Turns to Teen-Friendly TikTok, Adorning Posts With Pink Hearts "The posts from approximately two dozen accounts, identified by social-media intelligence company Storyful, appeared to target TikTok’s users as part of a new show of strength—and possible enlistment tool—as U.S. troops withdraw from Syria. Islamic State has focused on online propaganda since its inception, including using social media to spread its message, setting it apart from other jihadist groups."
This is an important element of IS propaganda, but shutting down a few accounts will not stop this issue emerging again. It's simply the latest iteration in a long-line of examples of 'IS' utilising social media apps to project their 'authority' and rhetoric to an audience that includes potentially susceptible individuals.

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