MONTREAL – A Montreal-based human rights think-tank wants to fight jihadist groups on their own online turf, saying it’s time to push back against the propaganda.
Kyle Matthews, who heads Concordia University’s Digital Mass Atrocity Prevention Lab, says the use of social media by groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to lure young people and promote its cause goes largely unchecked.
Groups like ISIL are evidence of the increasing convergence between new technology, atrocities and extremist factions, said Matthews. “ISIS has become like a genocidal force where it exists and it tends to squash all diversity and annihilate anyone who is different,” he said in a recent interview. “Tied to that, we have cases in Canada where individuals are being radicalized online, targeted on social media much like online sexual predators.”