Tens of thousands of users access jihadist content from all over the globe. For the content analysed in this study, the UK is the fifth most frequent location from which the content was accessed (after Turkey, the US, Saudi Arabia and Iraq) – and the most frequent location in Europe, study reveals.
The jihadists engage in outreach and missionary work, by means of mainstream social media platforms – which are used to disseminate the core content to a wide audience. While Telegram exists as a ‘safe haven’ for jihadists, they have not abandoned other platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Twitter accounts for 40% of the identifiable traffic to jihadist content online. Extremist content is also regularly accessed via Facebook, Google and Telegram.