Lella Nouri, Nuria Lorenzo-Dus and Amy-Louise Watkin
This paper examines the effect that Facebook’s removal of Britain First’s official page had on: the group’s dissemination and influence, in terms of numbers of followers, quantity of content posted and engagement level; and its visual communication strategy, specifically regarding its choice of images and the level of engagement that these generated.
Isabelle van der Vegt, Paul Gill, Stuart Macdonald and Bennett Kleinberg
This paper offers a unique view on current practices and challenges regarding terrorist and extremist content removal from social media platforms, focusing particularly on human-based and automated approaches and the integration of the two.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup, which began yesterday and will go on until July in eleven cities across Russia, may present a ‘significant aspirational target’ for both local and transnational jihadist actors. However, recent assessments of the danger are founded on incorrect data regarding the threat of insurgency in the North Caucasus, the reach of the Islamic State in Russia, and the ‘returnee threat...
Saudi Arabia’s new Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition has been hailed as an historic organisation which will not only serve a military purpose but also take the ideological fight against those who use terror in the name of Islam.
All too often, any overlaps between crime and terror are seen as forming part of a single problem of the ‘crime/terror nexus’. In reality, they present a range of disparate issues that should be addressed in their proper context.
Once again, the dividing lines that distinguish between variations of violent extremism in the UK have morphed, but addressing the similarities and differences between the extreme right and violent Islamists should help to ensure that the UK’s counter-terror strategy as synchronised as possible with the current threat picture.