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1 677 media content and social media accounts in 6 languages containing terrorist and violent extremist propaganda have been processed for the purpose of referral. The content was hosted by 35 social media and online service providers. 

Europol reports on the action. 

We have to remember what the absolute operational imperative and essence of modern terrorists and terrorist organisations are – as the counterterrorism expert Brian Jenkins identified in 1975, it is “a lot of people watching, not a lot of people dead.”

In the wake of the June 12 IS-inspired attack in Orlando, FL, many questions have been raised about what is being done to fight IS – not only on the ground in Iraq and Syria, but also on the Internet, where a war of ideas and influence is taking place.

This is not just a matter of deciding what content to take down – if content should be taken down at all – but also crafting compelling counter-messages and narratives that can stand up to and disrupt slick, and at times convincing, IS propaganda.

The terrorist group Daesh has launched an extremely sophisticated information campaign targeting a wide range of audiences. In this study, the NATO-accredited Centre of Excellence for Strategic Communications in Latvia analyses the methods and messages which Daesh uses and the evolution of its information campaign.

Daesh's use of imagery is a key component of its radicalisation drive. It appeals to young people's insecurity, anger and desire for inclusion and justice to convince them that joining Daesh is the right thing to do. 

In this study, the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism analyses the different themes evoked in ISIS' posters.