Study: Half of British Jihadists Are Radicalized Online

Mar 8, 2017 by

Half of British jihadists are radicalized online, according to a new study.

Analysis by the London-based think tank the Henry Jackson Society has concluded that groups including Islamic State and used the internet to brainwash young people more than twice as much between 2010 and 2015.

The report stated that 53 per cent of terrorists were inspired by extremist material they had been exposed to online during that five-year period compared to 22 per cent before.

The findings raise more questions about how effectively the products owned by tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Twitter are being policed. Their digital properties are considered by terrorists to be the ideal medium through which to attract and corrupt young minds, encouraging them to carry out unspeakable acts.

There is growing pressure in Britain for the internet to be properly regulated and for its biggest players to be accountable for whatever can be found on their sites.

The Henry Jackson Society report’s author, Hannah Stuart, said: “Online radicalization is increasing. First Al Qaeda and now IS are ahead of the game in terms of using the internet and social media for propaganda. IS increasingly know the power of the internet to target people. It is now much easier to find extremist material.”

Source: Study: Half of British Jihadists Are Radicalized Online | Heat Street

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