US Pummels ISIS in Online Combat

The U.S. government’s campaign to counter the Islamic State’s social media presence is bearing fruit, the Associated Press reported Saturday. More anti-ISIS content than pro-ISIS content is appearing on the Net by a ratio of six to one.

Twitter traffic for accounts affiliated with the Islamic State is down by 45 percent compared to two years ago, according to the report, and the average number of followers for an ISIS account has plunged to 300 from 1,500 in 2014.

Social media has been a major vehicle for the Islamic State’s efforts to recruit new blood and disseminate its doctrine, so blunting its effectiveness is one way to starve the group of resources to fight its war against the West and to foment terrorist attacks around the world.