Jihadist calls for 'YouTube Invasion'
An Islamic extremist identifies YouTube as the 'best' way to reach Westerners and US president-elect Barack Obama
WASHINGTON -- A member of an Islamic jihadist forum has urged supporters to wage a "YouTube Invasion" by uploading propaganda videos to the popular video sharing website.
The SITE Intelligence Group, a US-based monitoring service, reported late Tuesday that the call was made last week by a member of al-Faloja: a password-protected jihadist forum, using the name Omar Abdul Hakim.
Aware that the Google owned website was watched by millions and even used by US president-elect Barack Obama, Hakim said jihadists should use YouTube "to shame the Crusaders by publishing clips of videos showing their losses."
"The members of YouTube number in the thousands of millions and most of them are the filthiest and most dangerous people on earth," Hakim wrote.
"Brothers, let us go to work and invade. I ask you, by Allah, as soon as you read this subject, to start recording on YouTube and to start cutting and uploading and posting clips on the jihadist, Islamic and general forums."
The forum member included step-by-step instructions on how to post videos on YouTube and what software to use to cut clips into 10 minute sequences.
Although YouTube's "community guidelines," state that it seeks to "encourage free speech and defend everyone's right to express unpopular points of view," it prohibits videos featuring graphic violence or hate speech.
It is not uncommon that Islamic militant groups make use of the Internet as a means to communicate and spread propaganda. A recent US Army intelligence report warned recently of the dangers behind the micro-blogging service Twitter, which is viewed as a potential tool for terrorism.