Twitter Account Creation by Months
Data gathered shows that 23% of ISIS-supporting Twitter accounts were created in 2014. A month by month analysis demonstrates that September 2014 witnessed a sharp surge in the number of Twitter accounts created and ISIS-related activity. ISIS increased their activities, including kidnapping people for ransoming, during that time. Their activities were shared all over social media in the form of graphic images and videos; as a result, Twitter started suspending many ISIS-supporting Twitter accounts. The authors believe that “most” of the surge of Twitter accounts in September 2014 is attributed to Twitter’s suspensions: “These accounts were created in response to the suspensions, either to replace accounts that had been taken down, or as backup accounts to hedge against future suspensions and other steps to offsets ISIS’s Twitter influence.