They See Me Trollin'

Anti-Jihadist Trolls Wage War on Terrorist Message Boards

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Terrorists: they’re just like us! They use message boards to communicate and organize. Before, these message board were largely free of “first!!!1″ and painstakingly detailed ASCII art, but perhaps no more. Now, according to Wired, participants in the U.S. government’s “Viral Peace” program are prepared to fight for freedom the American way: with trolling, naturally.

Perhaps not since To Catch a Predator has Internet vigilantism seemed so entertaining. Shahed Amanullah, senior technology advisor to the State Department, developed the program to address the world of online terrorism and fill what he recognizes as a void in US counterterrorism strategies. Read More