On the 13 and 14 September 2017, Europol organised the sixth joint operation with Member States and Third Parties, focusing on the detection and flagging of terrorist propaganda. This two-day event - hosted at Europol's headquarters in The Hague - gathered the Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU) with counter-terrorism and online propaganda experts from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, Estonia and Hungary.
The event focused mainly on terrorist materials by IS and al-Qaeda affiliated media outlets. Together, they identified 1029 pieces of content promoting terrorism on the internet.
Key findings of this joint action are:
- Jihadist organisations continue to be present on numerous platforms to disseminate their propaganda. Nevertheless, disruptive action has led jihadist sympathisers to move to smaller platforms.
- Jihadist sympathisers have reverted to the use of forums for communication as a result of systematic dispruptive action on social media, but the use of Darknet libraries is on the rise.
- Even though there is a releative decrease of official IS propaganda over the past months, IS continues to have a solid base of supporters on the virtual environment.
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