A jihadist Twitter account tried to solicit suggestions from the al Qaeda community Wednesday by creating the hashtag #اقتراحك_لتطوير_الإعلام_الجهادي, which roughly translates to #Suggestions_to_develop_Jihadist_media, according to a linguist fluent in Arabic who translated it for Business Insider.
For its first twelve hours online, the hashtag actually gained some steam, garnering suggestions such as “To do a bi-weekly TV program to discuss, specifically, Jihadi events and Islam generally. To be produced by official institutions.”
But that all changed when counter-terrorism expert J.M. Berger, author of the book Jihadi Joe: Americans who Go to War in the Name of Islam discovered the hashtag.
After Berger signal boosted the hashtag, Twitter trolls flooded the feed with some pretty useful suggestions, one on how to go viral:
And another to reach out to the tween demographic:
Berger later thanked Twitter trolls for their efforts to overtake the thread.
Thanks guys, couldn’t have done it without you. :-)
— J.M. Berger (@intelwire) August 14, 2013
The hashtag’s creator, @gdslooptadhi, has been suspended from Twitter, but before being booted, the account tweeted: “#suggestions_to_develop_Jihadist_media The American Infidels take part in the hashtag : (” in Arabic, frowning emoticon and all.