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The Islamic State has found a way around efforts to prevent its propaganda from spreading online by archiving links before they’re removed from the internet, according to a new analysis.
“Two key components to the success of ISIS’s information-warfare strategy include widespread distribution of propaganda materials, and access to multiple target audiences for the consumption of those materials,” the report stated.
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The Daily Caller News Foundation obtained a copy of the report. The report, conducted by business firm Flashpoint, analyzed links from 2015 to 2017 on two secret pro-ISIS forums on the “dark web” — websites that cannot be found on search engines — and analyzed more than 730,000 web links for one forum and 290,000 for the other.
AMONG THE TOP 10 SITES ISIS AND PRO-ISIS ACTORS LINKED TO ON THE SECRET FORUMS, ACCORDING TO THE ANALYSIS, ARE SOME OF THE MOST POPULAR SITES ON THE INTERNET SUCH AS GOOGLE, YOUTUBE, DROPBOX AND ARCHIVE.ORG — THE MOST POPULAR SITE THEY USED.
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GOOGLE, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, YOUTUBE AND MANY OTHER SITES HAVE BEEN TAKING STEPS TO COMBAT PRO-ISIS PROPAGANDA BY REMOVING THEIR POSTS, BUT ISIS AND ITS SUPPORTERS HAVE BEEN GETTING AROUND THOSE EFFORTS BY STORING THE POSTS ON ARCHIVE.ORG BEFORE THEY’RE REMOVED.
ARCHIVE.ORG, OR “INTERNET ARCHIVE,” ALLOWS USERS TO SAVE WEBPAGES IF THEY’RE TAKEN DOWN. THE INTERNET ARCHIVE DESCRIBES ITSELF AS “A 501(C)(3) NON-PROFIT … BUILDING A DIGITAL LIBRARY OF INTERNET SITES AND OTHER CULTURAL ARTIFACTS IN DIGITAL FORM.”
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ALTHOUGH THE SITE ITSELF IS MEANT TO BE A PUBLIC GOOD, AND INDEED IT PROVES IT’S USEFUL IN MANY RESPECTS, ISIS AND PRO-ISIS ACTORS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT NOW THAT OTHER WEBSITES ARE TAKING MEASURES TO REMOVE THEIR PROPAGANDA.
“WHILE A REVIEW OF RANDOMLY SELECTED [INTERNET ARCHIVE] URLS REVEALED THAT SOME OF THE CONTENT HAD BEEN REMOVED, OTHER SAMPLES THROUGHOUT THE RANGE OF 2015 TO 2017 REMAIN ACTIVE,”...
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