When most people sign in to their Facebook or Twitter accounts, they usually do not think that terrorists around the world are also using the same social media sites for planning terrorist activities. However, recent reports have revealed that these people are using social media sites as a way to recruit new members and to spread their propaganda and written materials to thousands of people around the world.
There have also been cases of YouTube and Google, Inc. being used as a way for terrorists to communicate and relay messages. An official counter-terrorism meeting was recently held in Vienna and this was one of the main topics that were addressed. The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime has spent much time and research to determine just how much social media plays a role in the planning of terrorist attacks and recruiting.
These sites open a door to communication, allowing terrorists to contact others in many countries around the world. The United Nations is trying to educate people about these activities and is asking countries to quickly ratify their current legislations so that cyber terrorism can be detected and stopped.
At this time, there is no way to prevent these popular social media sites from being used by terrorists. The only thing that can be done is to educate common users of the possibilities they may face when using a social media site. With terrorism on the rise, it is important to identify the means of communication and shut them down.
Many countries have seen an increase in cyber threats over the years and if these media sites continue allowing for the communication between terrorists, there is no telling where attacks could take place and when.