We examined whether and how social media play a role in the process of radicalization, and whether and for what purposes extremists use social media after they become radicalized within a sample of fifty-one Canadian extremists. Differences between converts and non-converts in terms of their radicalization process, involvement in terrorism, and social media usage were also investigated. Data were collected from a combination of media reports via an in-depth LexisNexis search and court records obtained from The Canadian Legal Information Institute database. The results confirm that social media played a role either during or after the radicalization process of the majority of the sample and converts are more vulnerable to online radicalization than non-converts.
- Journal : Studies in Conflict & Terrorism
- Author : Mehmet F. Bastug, Aziz Douai & Davut Akca
- Date : 2020
- Link : https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1057610X.2018.1494409?journalCode=uter20