Transnational Extremism, Social Media and the State

 How Social Media Platforms Battle Extremists


This paper examines why extremism has become a supranational phenomenon. It aims to illuminate to the understanding opportunities for nation-states, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs and influential individuals interested in the study of, or the fight against global extremism. Using the qualitative method, this paper relies on peer-reviewed literature of scientific journals and government reports from a variety of disciplines such as sociology, psychology and criminal justice. The multidisciplinary quality of the literature review aims to solidify the argumentative reasoning leading to the conclusion. The paper finds that although other actors are important, the state remains the most important and best equipped actor to deal with global extremism.

Keywords: Global Security, Extremism, ISIS, Social Media, Statism, Terrorism

Harrak Srifi, Yasser, Transnational Extremism, Social Media and the State (July 31, 2020). Available at SSRN: or


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