Terrorist Moms On Twitter, Rape Fatwas On YouTube – What’s Next?

If one cannot scream fire in a crowded theatre, then why can terrorists use social media to spread propaganda, raise funds and harm people?

At the time of this writing, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva (or someone who claims to be her) is on Twitter @tsarnaeva raising money (supposedly) for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s defense fund.  There’s a photo which seems to be the mother holding up routing numbers for people to send money to a Russian bank account.

Simultaneously, the Twitter-verse is abuzz at this early Sunday morning hour that American-born terror leader Omar Shafik Hammami was killed last night by rival jihadis. That after he posted a picture of himself shot in the neck.  While the American State Department has a $5 Million reward for his capture, just last month Wired Magazine published an extensive interview with him where he asserted he will believes in “attacking U.S. interests everywhere. No [second] thoughts and no turning back.”

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), a North African affiliate of Al Qaeda indeed is actively using Twitter to spread their propaganda.  They held an on-line press conference earlier this month and explained the purpose of what they do. “We are an inalienable part of this world, we live our time and benefit from every mean that serves our goals and clarifies the equity of course cause to the international public opinion who is unaware of a lot of facts.” And “This is our only mean to communicate with the international public opinion, since we are terrorists according to the dictionary of America and its agents in the region and the neutral and free journalists who search for the truth can only communicate with us through it, as for the direct contact it is a crime punishable under the laws of America, France, and governments of the regions, and leads the pro journalists directly to Guantanamo or Serkadji.”

Also earlier this month, an Islamic cleric made a video on YouTube which provided a fatwa (blessing) for rebels in Syria to rape non-Sunni Syrian woman. Salafi Sheikh Yasir al-Ajlawni said “It’s a “legitimate fatwa” for Muslims waging war against Mr. Assad and trying to put in place a Sharia government to “capture and have sex with” Alawites and other non-Sunni, non-Muslim women.”

For people worldwide, from celebrities to corporations, governments, PR firms like 5WPR – and indeed even terrorists, social media has changed communications. The question remains will social media continue to allow terrorists to use their outlets to spread terror?

About the Author
Ronn Torossian is the Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of 5WPR. Headquartered in New York City, the firm is one of the 25 largest independent public relations firms in the United States. 5WPR has been named “PR Agency of the Year” by the American Business Awards; and Ronn Torossian is the winner of the Silver Stevie Communications, Investor Relations, and PR Executive of the Year of the Year Award by the American Business Awards. Ronn’s book, “For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results with Game-Changing Public Relations,” received rave reviews. He is a member of the prestigious Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and is an active board member of a number of non-profit organizations. Ronn Torossian is a frequently sought after communications expert, often appearing on FOX News, CNBC, Huffington Post, Time Magazine, and other major media outlets. He resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his family. Email: rtorossian@5wpr.com Facebook: Ronn's Facebook Twitter: Ronn's Twitter Page