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Egyptian President Advisor to Activate ‘Cyber Army’ Initiative to Fight ISIS | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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3D plastic representations of the Twitter, Facebook and Youtube logos are seen in front of a displayed ISIS flag in this photo illustration shot February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo

Cairo – Egyptian sources said that the president’s religious affairs advisor Usama al-Azhari started taking practical steps to activate the initiative of “Cyber Army” to fight terrorism on social network websites.

Sources added that thousands of Facebook and Twitter pages will be created in Arabic and English and efforts will be made to get millions of followers, not to mention dedicating a team of experts to monitor pro-ISIS pages.

Terrorist groups – ISIS basically – rely directly on social network websites to attract youth and youngsters through promoting misconceptions about Islam to persuade them to join ISIS. The group has a cyber army to publish videos and increase its population, especially in Europe.

The president’s advisor launched an initiative, few days ago, to fight ISIS through social network websites. He revealed that terrorist groups achieve enormous success in reaching the community through these means.

The reason behind launching this initiative is that ISIS has 60,000 pages in Arabic and 40,000 in other languages – these pages aim at reaching out to the highest possible number of youth to persuade them with extremist ideas.

Researchers affirmed that ISIS is daily publishing more than 250,000 tweets and posts on Twitter and Facebook, hinting on the growing number of ISIS intellect backers. The group depends on hackers to Infiltrate users’ accounts and attract more followers, unaffected by daily losses in Syria and Iraq.

Azhari added that it’s a disaster if each ISIS page manipulates one mind per day. He stated that religious institutions in Egypt will change their position from defense to attack.

Sources concluded that the Egyptian parliament and religious institutions are backing the initiative.