Europol to take on ISIL social media propaganda

The small police team will scour the internet and try to take down accounts of ISIL

Europol to take on ISIL social media propaganda

World Bulletin / News Desk 

A Europe-wide police unit is to be set up next month with the aim of shutting down social media accounts used by ISIL to spread propaganda and recruit foreigners to their cause, Europol said on Monday.

The small police team will scour the internet and try to take down accounts of ISIL ringleaders within hours of being detected, in a bid to dent a propaganda machine which is reckoned to send out about 100,000 tweets a day.

"It's a reasonable estimate and it indicates the scale of the problem that we are up against," Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol, the Hague-based police agency which will coordinate the unit, told BBC radio.

"In the end, what we are hoping to have is a strategic impact against the problem as a whole rather than just playing a simple numbers game," he said.

Peter Neumann, director of the London-based International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence, which has closely studied the internet use of European fighters in the region, said the unit should have some impact, but would be reliant on social media firms' cooperation.

"It's not only about reducing the supply of extremist material on the internet, it's also about increasing the amount of counter-extremist messages that directly challenge the extremist narrative," he told Reuters.

"You have to accept that you will never be able to take everything down."

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