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article imageThe British government to use Twitter to combat the threat from ISIS

By Adrian Peel     Aug 28, 2015 in Politics
London - The popular social media site has become the latest tool in the British government's continuing struggle against the threat of Islamic extremism.
Following more recent threats against the United States and Europe, the British government has begun using Twitter in an attempt to thwart any potential attempt made by the well-funded terror organisation to inflict chaos on to the streets of Britain.
As reported by the BBC, the page went live on Thursday, under the hashtag @UKAgainstISIL, and five Tweets have so far been posted including a 30-second video advising citizens on what the UK is doing "to dismantle and destroy ISIL," another name for ISIS.
The move would appear to be a smart one, as terror groups are known to regularly use social media to spread their message, with Twitter proving particularly popular as an investigation earlier this year showed.
Although they were formed over 20 years ago, it is only in the last couple of years that the name ISIS, now synonymous with violence and anti-western sentiment, has received widespread attention, with open displays of hatred aimed at the UK and its allies.
Despite Britain's involvement in Iraq, MPs voted against taking military action in Syria, although Prime Minister David Cameron clearly believes forceful intervention may be necessary at some point.
For more on what the British government is doing to dilute the very real threat posed by ISIS, go here.
To read more on the differences between ISIS and ISIL, go here.
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