Overview (2008-2014)

According to the ISIS Twitter Census, between 46,000-90,000 Twitter accounts were used by ISIS supporters between September and December 2014. The authors believe that the minimum estimate, 46,000, more accurately describes the number of ISIS supporter accounts. As the trend of total number of Twitter accounts between 2008-2014 demonstrates, there was a surge in the number of accounts created in 2014 when the Islamic State cut its ties with al-Qaeda, declared its caliphate, and claimed territory in several countries in the Middle East and North Africa––including Libya, Egypt, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

Total number of Twitter accounts created. (2008-2014)

Percentage of total number of Twitter accounts, graphed by year.