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Eli Lake

Cyberwar on Islamic State Comes Out of 'Dark Spaces'

Clinton's call to shut down jihadi websites is not a new idea. Some U.S. intelligence officials see value in monitoring instead.
Hillary Clinton wants to shut down the Islamic State online.

Hillary Clinton wants to shut down the Islamic State online.

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After the massacre at San Bernardino, President Obama's national security cabinet is re-examining when to ask Internet companies to take down jihadi propaganda and social media accounts, according to U.S. officials.

The issue is not new. Al Qaeda and its franchises have used the Internet systematically for more than a decade. But the Islamic State has flooded social media like Twitter and Facebook to provide future recruits all over the world a steady stream of slickly produced material that encourages the kind of do-it-yourself terrorism that has plagued Europe and the U.S. in recent years.