International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Terror Propaganda on Social Media: Daesh Terrorist Organisation
Assist. Prof. Dr. Tuba Kalçık, Assist. Prof. Dr. Ümmü Altan Bayraktar

In 2000s, the changes in the information and communication technologies led to significant transformations in the communication process. The new media tools were introduced together with the Internet technologies. The social media tools that were emerged with the Web 2.0 application had created a new communication environment where the users can provide message and different contents in addition to forming virtual groups. Other than providing dual interaction, social media had become more advantageous than the conventional mass media tools through its fast and easy information flow. Today, social media, which is used as an effective propaganda tool, is preferred by the legal structures as well as the illegal organisations. One of such illegal organisations is the DAESH terrorist organisation that hit the headlines with their global sized massacres in the last years. The jihadist terrorist organisation conducting an effective propaganda activity together with the violent visual contents posted on the social media, which is a less controlled space than the conventional media, collects foreign fighters from all around the world primarily from the West, and leads a major and panic on the international community. According to the American researchers, DAESH, which makes terror propaganda in a professional approach through its Twitter account with almost 50 thousand followers, is considered as the best social media using terrorist organisation. This study assessed the most viewed video posts of DAESH on Twitter that is one of the most popular spaces of the new media as a text and conducted the interpretation of such videos through a critical discourse analysis.

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