Extremist Content Online: ISIS Supporters Celebrate Terror Attack In France on RocketChat Communications App
The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) reports weekly on the methods used by extremists to exploit the Internet and social media platforms to recruit followers and incite violence. Last week, ISIS supporters on RocketChat celebrated the murder of three people in a church in the French city of Nice by a man identified by French law enforcement as Brahim Aioussaoi, and shared photos of Aioussaoi and a video allegedly showing emergency personnel recovering a body. In addition, CEP researchers located a post on a pro-ISIS channel on RocketChat that called for the group’s supporters to renew their bay’ah (pledge of allegiance) to ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi. Also, CEP researchers located two identical pro-ISIS websites with WordPress URLs that contained Amaq News reports and propaganda photos, including those showing executions.