Youth and Violent Extremism on Social Media


Youth and Violent Extremism on Social Media

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This study titled Youth and violent extremism on social media was published by UNESCO in November 2017. It provides a global mapping of research (mainly during 2012-16) into the assumed roles played by social media in violent radicalization processes, especially as they affect youth and women across all the regions of the world.

Reviewing more than 550 published studies from scientific and “grey literature” covering titles in English, French, Arabic and Chinese languages, the research finds that violent extremists are indeed heavily spread throughout the Internet and that there is a growing body of knowledge about how terrorists use cyberspace. Less clear, however; is the impact of this use, and even more opaque is the extent to which counter-measures are effective. The study concludes that research on the subject is still at a budding stage, and it urges caution about the results and interpretations.


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