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Expert: Highly effective Islamic State's digital messages inspired by modern popular culture

Deeply adept at using digital communication tools to spread its terrorist messages, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is not just "socializing terror" through public opinion but also "making terror popular, desirable, and imitable," an expert said.

Twitter says worldwide government info requests on accounts rose 52% for first half of 2015

The social media company said it is the largest increase since it first began publishing the statistics three years ago in its biannual transparency report.

Social media, other companies would be required to report 'terrorist activity' under Senate intelligence bill

The measure is part of the larger Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, which the Senate Intelligence Committee unanimously passed about three weeks ago. The full Senate has yet to vote on the entire bill.  

Obama taps former Twitter executive to become government's first-ever chief digital officer

A former Twitter executive will become the White House's first-ever chief digital officer, creating digital strategies to better connect the government with American citizens.

Report: Scientists at health agencies get conflicting guidance on freedom of expression

A watchdog group says the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration need to issue stronger guarantees that their scientists have scientific freedom of speech.  

DHS's Brothers tweets about science and tech projects, goals

Reginald Brothers, who heads the Homeland Security Department's research and development arm, took to Twitter March 1, answering questions ranging from cybersecurity and airport security to the Islamic State.

Supporters of Islamic State have at least 46,000 Twitter accounts, new Brookings study finds

Government officials have been saying that the Islamic State has been one of the most adept terrorist groups in using social media such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to spread propaganda and recruit and radicalize individuals.

US Central Command social media accounts hacked

Two social media accounts for the Defense Department's U.S. Central Command were hacked Jan. 12, according to a report from the  Associated Press.

Taliban used Twitter to embellish tactical victories

The Taliban's report of attacks through the summer of 2012 embellishes the damage inflicted upon international security forces. Its tweets said the group killed an average of 196 Afghan National Security Forces personnel per month during this period. But the Brookings Institution's noted the average monthly death toll closer to 309 ANSF personnel.

Most law enforcement pros use social media in investigations, but training and policies lacking

Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have been essential in investigating, solving and preventing crimes, but a new LexisNexis study shows that many law enforcement agencies lack formal policies, training or dedicated staff to use such social media tools.