Dutch mosques are going to take to social media in an effort to counter the flood of Muslim youths being recruited by terrorist organization IS. Young islamists are being encouraged to offer counter-discussions about the negatives of IS on the internet, to engage sympathizers to turn away from extremism, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
Yassin Elforkani of the Contact Institution Muslims and Government (CMO) tells the AD that Imams from a total of 380 mosques in The Netherlands have agreed to enforce this measure, to fight IS on its own battleground and in that way hope to recover it.
Currently, social media is being used as a base point from which propaganda about IS is beamed out to the entire online world. A continuous stream of extremist recruitment rhetoric holds strongly to the internet as its main communication center. This exercise hopes to recover that online ground back from IS.