The notorious Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or sometimes the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, had taken over Iraq’s biggest oil field in Baiji, taken over several towns, committed summary executions against defenceless Iraqi soldiers and weakened the Iraqi military morale. However, this terrorist group is not hiding from the internet, as it uploads updates from the frontlines through its social media networks.
However, the ISIS or ISIL is using several account swapping applications that allow them to keep information flowing out and avoid censorship from social networks, especially with the gruesome media they upload in the internet.
Social networks allow the terrorist group to receive empathy and compassion from supporters and would-be supporters. They also use the information uploaded in the internet to threaten and intimidate their opponents, specifically about their personal attitudes regarding the efforts of different military and government groups.
According to Dr. Andrew Philips, a Senior International Relations Lecturer in Queensland University, jihadists use social media as a means to allow them to reach out to scattered people who can heed the message and appeal to them for support.
Their online presence and recognition will prove to be invaluable as the raw information sent by the terrorist group regarding individual experiences from their own soldiers and fighters can help them gain support, while giving the public a good look at the reality they face in the frontlines.