In Belgium, terrorists are using mass and targeted communication science techniques to trigger further attacks. On Sunday, Islamic State recruiters sent text messages to young men in Brussels’ Muslim dominated district of Molenbeek, inviting them to make the right choice to fight the western world.
The SMS text message, written in French, says: “My brother, why not fight the westerners? Make the right choice in your life.”
According to a recent statement from Belgium’s health minister, the texts were sent from an untraceable prepaid account and it followed the distribution of a Facebook video showing Molenbeek youth celebrating last week’s terror attacks in Brussels that left more than 30 people dead.
The use of mass, targeted online communication via different social networks to distribute propaganda has aroused the fear among the citizens of Brussels following the attacks, and has seen ever more strict laws for eradication of the Muslim community and precluding the entry for refugees. Officials fear that in the wake of the tragic attacks, disillusioned Muslim youth who face increased persecution may respond to Daesh’s call for violent extremism.