ISIS Supporters vs. Typical Users

Analysis of the 20,000 ISIS-supporting accounts shows that Twitter followers of ISIS accounts represent a “small number of people” and that the network itself is “internally focused.” In fact, nearly half of all followers were other users in the dataset. The authors also highlighted that ISIS-supporting accounts did not have more than 50,000 followers. Further, although ISIS-supporting accounts have few followers they are still capable of distributing their messages by using several techniques, such as the use of repeated hashtags, tweets, or retweets.

Total number of Twitter followers by percentile, ISIS supporters versus typical users.