Facebook users debated whether Ansar al-Shariah should attack the American Embassy in Yemen in response to allegations that American Embassy personnel had raped young Yemeni girls. The accusations were published in an April 27, 2012 article posted on the website of the Mareb Press newspaper.
Madad News Agency, a jihadist media group that reports from Yemen and acts as an unofficial propaganda unit for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and its Ansar al-Shariah offshoot, is now present on Facebook.
Tunisian Salafists created a page on the popular social networking website Facebook on which they have released a magazine called "al-Salafiyya."
As a means to distributed jihadi propaganda on a larger scale, jihadists discussed the idea of creating a social networking website that can simultaneously post material on any number of sites.
An enthusiastic user of social networking sites, al-Qaeda's branch in Somalia, the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement (Shabaab), has utilized the popular microblogging service Twitter to issue up-to-the-minute releases about battlefield successes and responses to international media coverage of their conflict, though with their own interpretation of events.
An active participant on Facebook, and on the Shumukh al-Islam forum, a primary source for official messages from al-Qaeda, the al-Moraseloon Media Network caters both to jihadist forum members and social networking users.
Upon learning that Aafia Siddiqui allegedly became pregnant as the result of sexual abuse in an American prison, jihadists launched a support campaign calling for her release on jihadist forums as well as the popular social networking website Facebook.
On November 20, 2011, a resident of New York City, Jose Pimentel, was arrested by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and charged with plotting to make and detonate a bomb around New York City.
As part of a series of reports by the SITE Intelligence Group about the use of social networking websites by terrorist organizations and their supporters, comes a look at the activity of a Facebook page mirroring content found on the Arabic-language Ansar al-Mujahideen jihadist forum (Ansar).
Jihadists have continued to contribute ideas to incite rioters in London, England, and one created a Facebook page for that purpose, posting jihadist-created designs and slogans.
A group on Facebook called the “Pakistani Student Shriyat Movement” is actively distributing jihadi messages to a broad audience.
A jihadist group in Gaza calling itself "Taliban Palestine" has created for itself an internet presence via the popular social networking website Facebook, and has used this site to raise awareness about its establishment, its mission, and its propaganda.
SITE Intelligence Group recently documented the immensely popular and active “We Are All Usama Bin Laden” fan page on the Facebook social networking site created in response to the May 1, 2011 death of Usama bin Laden.
A Facebook page titled “We Are All Usama Bin Laden” was created on the social networking site hours after American President Barack Obama's public announcement late on May 1, 2011, that Usama bin Laden had been killed by American forces in Pakistan.
A jihadist prepared a guide to “effectively post” on Facebook and posted it on the Shumukh al-Islam forum on April 22, 2011.
Jihadist forum members posted strategies to evade Facebook censorship of jihadist material in an April 12, 2011 discussion thread on the Shumukh al-Islam forum.
An Arabic-language Facebook page called the “Third Palestinian Intifada,” has declared May 15, 2011, as the beginning of a third Palestinian intifada, modeled after the First and Second Intifadas, but inspired by the recent uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya.
Before the widespread adoption of social networking giants like Facebook, individuals had to visit dedicated jihadist forums in order to learn about the state of jihad in the world, the status of jihadist groups, and tools and tactics for carrying out jihad.
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Due to Facebook's flexibility, and the ability to reach out to a new and larger audience many jihadist groups including some designated as foreign terrorist organizations have established a strong presence there.
Perhaps more than any other jihadist group, Hezbollah has learned to capitalize on Facebook’s accessibility and global usage to reach a wider audience with its propaganda.
Inspired by the importance of social networking sites in the Middle East used in part to rally the protests that brought down the regimes of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak in Tunisia and Egypt, jihadists, even more than before, are on Facebook and Twitter to spread their violent ideology.
One of the notable aspects of the recent uprisings throughout the Middle East and North Africa has been the use of social networking sites by protesters to coordinate and share information, in some cases even after authorities attempted to sever the country's access to the internet and online networks.
As part of an apparent strategy by the Afghan Taliban to broaden their online reach by using social media websites1, the organization has created several accounts on Twitter, the user-generated realtime updating platform.
The interaction between Taliban supporters on Facebook in recent days illustrates the benefits that social networking affords jihadist groups.
As part of a new series of reports by the SITE Intelligence Group into the use of social networking websites by terrorist organizations and their supporters, comes a look at the YouTube channel of a self-proclaimed online media representative for the Taliban, “Muhammad Zabihullah Khan Mujahid.”
[NOTE: Inspire News English has been removed from Facebook as of February 3, 2011]
In fewer than six months since its launch in August 2010, a Facebook page titled “Less than six months after its launch its August 2010, the Facebook page “Inspire News English” passed the 1,000-fan mark and continues to gain “fans” steadily.
Zachary Chesser, a young, Virginia-based jihadist activist who uses the name “Abu Talhah al-Amriki,” was arrested on July 21, 2010, following an attempt to travel to Somalia to join the Shabaab al-Mujahideen, a designated terrorist organization.
When the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) released a video taking credit for the Times Square bombing early Sunday morning following Mayor Bloomberg's press conference, the group didn't post its message through traditional jihadist forums or send a tape to al-Jazeera.
In light of the revelations that the alleged Times Square car bomber Faisal Shahzad admitted to receiving training in Waziristan, SITE is releasing a timeline and brief report looking at how the recent videos from the Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP) were released to the internet.
On March 9, 2010, the US government indicted an American woman from Pennsylvania named Colleen LaRose, charging her with having “recruited men on the Internet to wage violent jihad in South Asia and Europe, and recruited women on the Internet who had passports and the ability to travel to and around Europe in support of violent jihad,” according to the press release accompanying the indictment.