Twitter is becoming the frontier for jihadist propaganda, according to an extensive review of more than 75,000 tweets in a leading counterterrorism journal exclusively reviewed in advance of publication by Fox News.
The article, titled "Tweeting for the Caliphate," was authored by independent academic investigators Nico Prucha and Ali Fisher. It will be available on Tuesday in the CTC Sentinel, a journal published by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point.
"Twitter has become the main hub for the active dissemination of links guiding users to digital content," the report found, adding that a new generation of jihadists now engages in attacks after extensive exposure to online propaganda. "These jihadists decided to engage in physical violence after being active within the virtual dominions of al-Qa'ida where exposure to the media had an impact on their personal lives and understanding of religious conduct."
Investigators revealed that Al Qaeda web forums are buying into social media and promoting their official Twitter accounts on their main web pages.
Former U.S. intelligence officials have told Fox News that prior to the 9/11, jihadist recruiters were accustomed to meeting with new recruits one-on-one, but within in the last five years, social media has become the new driver of radical Islam.
Twitter is used "as a beacon for sharing" links to content across multiple digital platforms, investigators said, according to Fox.