Canada to combat jihadist recruiters with own social media campaign

The ability of extremist groups such as the Islamic State to lure thousands of young foreigners into their ranks is usually attributed to their propaganda skills and social-media savvy.

Now, Canada, in the foosteps of countries such as France and the United States, is trying to counter the extremist narrative with government-funded videos and materials of its own.

Such outreach initiatives can, however, backfire if not executed properly, as the French learned when an infographic was much mocked for showing warning signs of radicalization appeared to suggest one such clue was the refusal to eat baguettes.

The Canadian project, called Extreme Dialogue, features films and education resources that offer a counter-narrative to young people who might be lured by extremism.

The films include testimony from Christianne Boudreau, whose son, the Calgary Muslim convert Damian Clairmont, died fighting with IS in Syria.

The brainchild of the London-based Institute for Strategic Dialogue. It is funded by the Kanishka Project, a $10-million initiative by the Canadian government to fund counter-terrorism research.


Let’s see if the Globe lets this comment through

In the decade following 9/11 Canada doubled it’s Muslim population through immigration.

Can anyone point to any other religious group that requires the expenditure of scarce public resources to the extent that Islam does on both security and “accommodation?”

The root cause of terrorism in Canada is bad immigration policy.