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This Article was written by J.M. Berger originally published on The Atlantic:

The advance of an army used to be marked by war drums. Now it’s marked by volleys of tweets.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Sunni militant group that seized Iraq’s second-largest city last week and is now pledging to take Baghdad, has honed this new technique—most recently posting photos on Twitter of an alleged mass killing of Iraqi soldiers. But what’s often overlooked in press coverage is that ISIS doesn’t just have strong, organic support online. It also employs social-media strategies that inflate and control its message. Extremists of all stripes are increasingly using social media to recruitradicalize and raise funds, and ISIS is one of the most adept practitioners of this approach.
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In the name of Allah, the Merciful to all, the Compassionate

Is it really Freedom of Speech to let terrorist organizations to use social-media like Twitter and Facebook for their communications, fundraising, recruiting new fighters, and their propaganda? What about letting them inundate social-media with beheading scenes, and massacres of civilians?
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Today I read about a hacker named Guccifer, who wormed into the computer of the 43rd US president’s sister, and published some of his paintings and some other private details. Two of the paintings of former President Bush, which show him bathing, were quite amateur. There is nothing shameful about being an amateur or unskilled painter. Most of us do the best we can with almost no natural gifts, and only the desire to do what we do. But in George’s case it’s a little bit different.
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