U.S. Tries To Counter ISIS Propaganda Effort

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The terrorist organization Islamic State has proved effective not only for its extraordinary brutal approach, but also for the way it uses social media to spread its message.

The U.S. government is trying to counter that message, but its small digital warfare unit is struggling to catch up with the group's sophisticated operation, which is enhanced by the help of computer-savvy foreign recruits and legions of dedicated followers who upload its messages.

The BBC’s Barbara Plett Usher brought us this report.

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  • Barbara Plett Usher, State Department correspondent for the BBC, based in Washington, D.C. She tweets @BBCBarbaraPlett.

This segment aired on November 24, 2014.


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