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E-Militias of the Muslim Brotherhood: How to Upload Ideology on Facebook

E-Militias of the Muslim Brotherhood: How to Upload Ideology on Facebook

During the presidential runoffs in June 2012, a meme circulated on Facebook. It depicts the image of Hassan al-Banna, who founded the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928. It reads, “By the way, I’m not from the Brotherhood. I disagree with them on a lot of issues but I respect them.” The quote is signed, Hassan al-Banna. The meme is a “gotcha” or “we’re on to you” dispatch that uses satire to cut to a truth that many know, even if they lack hard evidence to prove it; namely that the Muslim Brotherhood has been infiltrating social media in ways that are probably wide reaching, far from transparent, and, up to now, not studied in any comprehensive or systematic way. Memes such as the above alert fellow cyber citizens to the need to tread carefully on social media...

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