ISIS using social media as recruitment tool

A law enforcement truck is parked outside the Lackawanna, N.Y., home, far left, of Arafat Nagi on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, following his arrest . Arafat, 44, is charged with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Federal investigators estimate there are around 20,000 terrorists living in the United States. The terrorist organization is using social media to spread around their propaganda.

“We realized the reach they have created with social media and the radicalization through the internet,” says Steven MacMartin. “They don’t have to send a SWAT team up; they only have to call one up.”

They’re able to call them up through social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.

“ISIS has been very success in recruiting people for Jihad; at recruiting lone, violent extremists,” says MacMartin. “I think, they have, at least in the world of terror – pioneered the way to exploit social media and get at these potential targets.”

MacMartin says anybody can interact with ISIS members on these social media sites.

“If you’re looking for information on Jihad, there is a wealth of information.”

The public access to this type of information is alarming but law enforcement cannot censor it.

“When you start to encroach on civil liberties in the name of fighting terrorism, you’re starting to hand the terrorists a win.”

MacMartin says at this time, he believes ISIS poses the greatest threat to America. He says, if you see something, say something; if a post or tweet raises a red flag, notify police immediately. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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