Isis media arm blasts supporters’ migration from Facebook and Twitter to Telegram
“Why have you migrated from the battlefield of Twitter and Facebook and entrenched on Telegram?” the al-Battar article asks, the Vocativ reported. “Maybe you don’t know or didn’t notice the difference between Telegram, Twitter, and Facebook, which is a big and significant difference.”
The group stated that while “no one denies the importance of Telegram”, it is not the “battlefield” where IS supporters are required to have a more prominent presence. Al-Battar’s post may be reflective of how the extremist group is concerned over recent reports on the significant drop in IS’s Twitter traffic.
The IS’s use of social media has been described as erratic, with several security experts pointing out that the extremist group’s technical skills and knowledge of cyberspace functions are less than impressive. However, this very aspect that could be considered as a vulnerability, is in fact one of the things that may make identifying and combating online terrorism all the more challenging.
It is still unclear as to the extent of al-Battar’s reach, especially given how some pro-IS groups can have more members and followers than others and are usually rigorous about keeping their numbers a secret.