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Counter Narratives in Social Media: An Empirical Study on Combat and Prevention of Terrorism

Langer, Amanda and Kaufhold, Marc-André and Runft, Elena and Reuter, Christian and Grinko, Margarita and Pipek, Volkmar (2019):
Counter Narratives in Social Media: An Empirical Study on Combat and Prevention of Terrorism.
In: Proceedings of the Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM), València, Spain, May 19 to 22, 2019, [Online-Edition: http://idl.iscram.org/files/amandalanger1/2019/1757_AmandaLa...],
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Abstract

With the increase of terrorist attacks and spreading extremism worldwide, countermeasures advance as well. Often social media is used for recruitment and radicalization of susceptible target groups. Counter narratives are trying to disclose the illusion created by radical and extremist groups through a purposive and educational counter statement, and to initiate a rethinking in the affected individuals via thought-provoking impulses and advice. This exploratory study investigates counter narrative campaigns with regard to their fight and prevention against terrorism in social media. Posts with strong emotions and a personal reference to affected individuals achieved the highest impact and most reactions from the target group. Furthermore, our results illustrate that the impact of a counter narrative campaign cannot be measured solely according to the reaction rate to their postings and that further analysis steps are therefore necessary for the final evaluation of the campaigns.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2019
Creators: Langer, Amanda and Kaufhold, Marc-André and Runft, Elena and Reuter, Christian and Grinko, Margarita and Pipek, Volkmar
Title: Counter Narratives in Social Media: An Empirical Study on Combat and Prevention of Terrorism
Language: English
Abstract:

With the increase of terrorist attacks and spreading extremism worldwide, countermeasures advance as well. Often social media is used for recruitment and radicalization of susceptible target groups. Counter narratives are trying to disclose the illusion created by radical and extremist groups through a purposive and educational counter statement, and to initiate a rethinking in the affected individuals via thought-provoking impulses and advice. This exploratory study investigates counter narrative campaigns with regard to their fight and prevention against terrorism in social media. Posts with strong emotions and a personal reference to affected individuals achieved the highest impact and most reactions from the target group. Furthermore, our results illustrate that the impact of a counter narrative campaign cannot be measured solely according to the reaction rate to their postings and that further analysis steps are therefore necessary for the final evaluation of the campaigns.

Uncontrolled Keywords: Frieden, KontiKat, Sicherheit, SocialMedia
Divisions: 20 Department of Computer Science
20 Department of Computer Science > Science and Technology for Peace and Security (PEASEC)
Profile Areas
Profile Areas > Cybersecurity (CYSEC)
LOEWE
LOEWE > LOEWE-Zentren
LOEWE > LOEWE-Zentren > CRISP - Center for Research in Security and Privacy
Zentrale Einrichtungen
Zentrale Einrichtungen > Interdisziplinäre Arbeitsgruppe Naturwissenschaft, Technik und Sicherheit (IANUS)
Event Title: Proceedings of the Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM)
Event Location: València, Spain
Event Dates: May 19 to 22, 2019
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2019 14:29
Official URL: http://idl.iscram.org/files/amandalanger1/2019/1757_AmandaLa...
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