Social media and terrorism in the Asia Pacific

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The emergence of an online environment and the social media platforms is supports has created a globally connected network that transcends traditional mechanisms of state-based authority. The decentralised nature of social media and its ability to disseminate content anonymously and to reach wide audiences has afforded violent extremist groups opportunities to further propaganda, recruitment, radicalisation, fundraising and operational planning. This paper examines three violent extremist-related groups operating in the Asia Pacific: one ‘classic’ terrorist - Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines; one a dissident political party - Jemaat-e-Islami in Bangladesh; and one a broad ethno-religious separatist movement - the Uyghurs in China. Each case study explores how the proactive adoption of social media affords opportunities and risks on the ability of the group to maximise their reach, impact, and effect.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTerrorism and insurgency in Asia
Subtitle of host publicationa contemporary examination of terrorist and separatist movements
EditorsBenjamin Schreer, Andrew T. H. Tan
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780429031038, 9780429633737
ISBN (Print)9781857439182
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameEuropa Regional Perspectives


  • social media
  • Violent Extremism
  • Abu Sayyaf
  • Jamaat-e-Islami
  • Uyghurs


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