In recent months ISIS has rapidly spread its message and grown its following across the globe. Social media, particularly Twitter, has been perhaps the single most important tool used by ISIS to spread its propaganda and to recruit new followers.
It has been widely reported that Twitter recently increased its efforts to suspend ISIS accounts and limit the ability of ISIS to use their platform to drum up support for violent activities. Despite these efforts, questions still remain about just how effective—and ethical—this approach really is.
In a new study for the Brookings Institution, J.M. Berger and Jonathon Morgan analyzed how ISIS is using Twitter, and what Twitter's recent suspension of ISIS accounts means for both the platform and the future of violent extremism on social media: