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Ask.fm used by Islamic State to recruit three American girls
by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi • Dec 12, 2014 at 7:37 pm
Do check out this story of online radicalization via social media site Ask.fm here.
"When three teenage girls from Denver left their homes for an Islamic State camp in Syria two months ago, their parents — and the FBI — were quick to search social media for clues to their escape. And in the weeks since the girls were intercepted in Frankfurt and returned home, it's become pretty clear that they were indeed radicalized and recruited online.
But while accounts of similar Western recruits have fingered major social networks like Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr, or popular messaging platforms like Kik, a report out from NPR claims another social network, Ask.fm, was actually the major force at play.
Which means Ask.fm — late of several recent cyberbullying and teen suicide scandals — may now officially qualify as the worst-reputed social network on earth. But don't tell that to the site's new owner, the blue-chip Internet company IAC: Ask.fm's new owners are confident they can save the site, trolls and terrorists be damned."
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