U.S. Revamps Line of Attack in Social-Media Fight Against ISIS

The government’s new strategy to counteract Islamic State online messaging is to empower third parties to create their own messages.

Recent initiatives by technology companies to push back against Islamic State’s social-media messaging highlight a sobering fact: The U.S. government’s battle on that front has mostly sputtered.

In a number of terrorist attacks over the past year, the attackers were found to have been inspired by Islamic State propaganda and videos, which are often described as Hollywood-level productions. Despite numerous military victories against...

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