Gordon Deal, host of WIMS AM 1420, discusses the new tactics the United States government is using to fight ISIS online with Wall Street Journal Reporter Nicole Hong. The radical Islamic terrorist organization has been using the internet as both a tool and a weapon for years. Pro-ISIS propaganda is spread, social media platforms and messaging apps become recruiting platforms, and kill lists targeting American citizens are released on a regular basis.
The government has been able to monitor terrorist organizations and curb their online reach but they groups online presence continues to thrive. Social media giants, like Twitter, have also helped by deleting up to 235,000 terrorist related accounts. Unfortunately, this has only made a dent in the terrorists’ efforts.
The government is considering a new strategy to counteract the group online. Hong and Deal explain the challenges the government faces in the online battle against ISIS. Hong discusses a controversial approach that removes the government from online communications and employs a new third party “middleman” of sorts.
Listen to Hong’s full breakdown of the new strategy in the AudioBurst below!