Europol on Monday announced it had launched an online campaign against the extremist group Islamic State (ISIS), saying the group was temporarily completely offline,media outlet Neowin reported. Because online groups can be quickly established, they may recover in time, but it may take some time for all subscribers to these channels to reconnect.
Europol spokesman Eric Van Der Sypt commented on the action, saying:
“For now, as far as we know, the Islamic State no longer exists on the Internet. We’ll see them reappear quickly… In addition to its military activities on the battlefields of Syria and Iraq and attacks on European territory, the Islamic State has also fought a huge battle on the Internet in the form of propaganda coordinated by IS media networks. “
It is understood that one of the terrorist group’s main channels of communication is Telegram, but Europol was able to turn off Islamic State channels and groups on the platform with the help of app developers. Europol later thanked Telegram for helping it clear malicious content. Telegram isn’t the only place to host terrorist content, however, as the Islamic State also runs on services run by Twitter, Instagram and Google.
Europol said it was cooperating with nine platforms to coordinate evacuations. Europol also confirmed that Spain’s Guardia Civil had arrested suspects suspected of spreading propaganda.