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J.M. Berger

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Nazis vs. ISIS on Twitter: a comparative study of white nationalist and ISIS online social media networks

Introduction This study examines and compares the use of Twitter by white nationalists, Nazi sympathizers, and ISIS supporters respectively, providing some preliminary comparisons of how each movement uses the platform. Major findings include: 1. Major American white nationalist movements on Twitter added about 22,000 followers...
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The ISIS Twitter census: defining and describing the population of ISIS supporters on Twitter

Presents a demographic snapshot of ISIS supporters on Twitter by analysing a sample of 20,000 ISIS-supporting Twitter accounts, mapping the locations, preferred languages, and the number and type of followers of these accounts. Overview Although much ink has been spilled on ISIS’s activity on Twitter...
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Researching violent extremism using online social media networks

In this podcast, J.M. Berger is interviewed about his new report: "Who matters online: measuring influence, evaluating content, and countering violent extremism in online social media networks." This podcast provides insight into using big data sets and social media to evaluate extremist movements and organizations.
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Who matters online: measuring influence, evaluating content and countering violent extremism in online social networks

Through the analysis of thousands of Twitter accounts following prominent white nationalists and anarchists, this report offers new quantitative tools to identify highly engaged extremists in large social networks and to evaluate tactics for combating violent extremism (CVE) online. The findings of this highly innovative...