Counter Extremism Project
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Terrorists on Telegram

Counter Extremism Project

Abstract

Terrorist and extremist groups use encrypted application Telegram to recruit new members, fundraise, incite to violence, and even coordinate terrorist activity. Telegram’s messaging application has both public-facing and private components. This flexible interface enables extremists to do everything from self-promotion, brand development and propaganda dissemination, to secret plotting of attacks outside detection or interference from law enforcement. Telegram’s public-facing “channels” and private messaging “chats” make it a “dual-use” weapon for extremist groups like ISIS, al-Qaeda and Hamas.