ISIS has released a new propaganda manual, titled
Oh Media Correspondent, You Are the Mujahid
in an effort to amp up its social media and Internet presence.
The manual has been published in Arabic and English, accompanied by an 18-minute video. The production level is professional, but more importantly, it shows the world that the sadistic terrorist group knows exactly how to operate on the World Wide Web.
The ISIS supporters immediately instruct their followers on how to properly use social media. The author insists the users should not concern themselves with a follower count, but instead understand that they “are here to deliver the message of the Caliphate for the entire world.”
A man then pops on screen to complain about the times social media outlets such as Twitter has deleted ISIS activity from their websites. He urges the supporters not to give up on their efforts.
“Because the enemies know that such releases will influence a great number of young people of this Uma [Muslim community] and reveal the truth and the meaning of this battle that is in essence between Islam and infidels,” he states to the camera.
The video provides a step-by-step process for the audience, which is often used by regular people who want to build their brand on social media.
They provide a link to a Russian website to help the audience “facilitate the search for popular hashtags.”
The authors advise the viewers to pay close attention to their followers because some might be there to monitor movements and ban their accounts. The video shows how to block those people and report them for spam.
Towards the end, the video includes this warning for “the administration of Twitter,” its co-founder, and CEOs–flowing over an image of founder Jack Dorsey’s face over a previous ISIS hostage:
You know you can’t stop us.
You are only embarrassing yourselves by continuously suspending our accounts.
You are losing this war.
We are still here and we will stay here.
You can suspend our accounts, but you can’t stop us.
So give up this worthless fight.
We are here to stay and expand, just like our Islamic State.
The video ends with footage of ISIS beheading prisoners, but does not indicate when or where the murders took place.