Understanding the Salafi Online Ecosystem: A Digital Snapshot

Understanding the Salafi Online Ecosystem: A Digital Snapshot

Authors: Jakob Guhl & Milo Comerford
Senior Advisors and Contributing Editors: Farah Pandith & Rashad Ali

Published: 16 November 2021

As part of ISD’s Gen Z & The Digital Salafi Ecosystem project, this report presents the findings from ISD’s data-driven snapshot of the Salafi digital landscape across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Telegram, TikTok and a range of standalone websites. This dataset of almost 3.5 million posts across nearly 1,500 channels and accounts provides unique insights into the scale, platform landscape and narrative tone of discussions within these online spaces.

ISD’s pioneering new research maps the rapidly evolving online Salafi ecosystem, providing a cross-platform snapshot of a broad landscape of English, German and Arabic content. To read about the full series on Salafism click here. 

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This research project is the first landscape study of the online ecosystem where mis- and disinformation and conspiracy theories thrive in Ireland.