A concerted crackdown on the Islamic State’s online propaganda machine has dealt a serious blow to the extremist group’s official news agency and communications channels, European law enforcement officials said Monday.A four-day operation took down thousands of items, including accounts and information linked to the Amaqagency, which spreads IS propaganda and news, the officials said. After ISIS leader’s death, who is the world’s most wanted terrorist?
Telegram’s encrypted communications app has often been used by extremists.Europol praised Telegram, saying the company has worked hard to “root out the abusers of the platform by both bolstering its technical capacity in countering malicious content and establishing close partnerships with international organizations such as Europol.”Underscoring the importance of the online action, Belgian prosecutor Patrick WilWATCH: Tackling the terrorism threat online (2017)
locx said that Islamic State propaganda “can be directly linked to the radicalization of European citizens or foreign terrorist fighters.”The action that began Nov. 21 appeared to have an immediate effect.JihadScope, which monitors jihadi activity across the internet, reported Nov. 22 that Islamic State-linked media outlet “Quraysh” was reporting the deletion of thousands of pro-IS accounts on Telegram and the extremist group’s media activists were telling supporters “to create multiple accounts, some for continued engagement & some to back up archives of terror content, videos etc.”One of the group’s media arms, the Naser News Agency, which often carries the group’s statements, last posted on Nov. 21.____Associated Press writer Bassem Mroue in Beirut contributed.
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