US government wages social media war with ISIS
In their latest move to combat ISIS, the United States government is taking to the web. Countering the terrorist group’s online recruiting, a new branch of the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, called the Information Coordination Cell, will coordinate Twitter accounts from across the government to get their anti-ISIS messages out there.
The center will have Twitter accounts for more than 350 State Departments, from embassies and consulates to the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security, and will also seek out Muslim academics, scholars, and communities leaders who oppose ISIS to contribute content. Public diplomacy official Richard Stengel says that this will involving sharing news and opinion stories over Twitter, telling the New York Times, “these guys aren’t BuzzFeed, they’re not invincible in social media.”