When Twitter Becomes a Weapon of War

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 In this Sept. 14, 2010 file photo, Twitter CEO Evan Williams makes a presentation about changes to the social network at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco.

The global attack on internet services last Friday relied on the internet of things to spread malware. The Islamic State has used social media and the internet in an unprecedented campaign to recruit young people around the world. Emerson T. Brooking, a Research Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses his cover story for The Atlantic, “War Goes Viral,” (online title: “How Social Media Got Weaponized: War in the Digital Age”) co-authored with P.W. Singer, which looks at how Twitter and social media are being weaponized around the world.