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Social networks crack down on terror posts
Social networks crack down on terror posts

The dark side of social media — and human nature — was on display this week when the gruesome beheading of an American journalist and its fallout played out across the world's most popular networks. As social media has become a staple of everyday Western life, its widespread appeal has captured the attention of terrorists who are increasingly exploiting the networks to disseminate graphic videos, images and messages from around the world. "Social media is at the heart of their jihad," said Steven Stalinsky, executive director of the Middle East Media Research Institute. The posts are intended to instill fear, attract new recruits and raise money on a global...

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