A program touted by Hillary Clinton that was designed to counter the online propaganda of ISIS has been sharply criticized as ineffective and even embarrassing, according to recent reports.
In a speech Tuesday, Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, mentioned the creation of an interagency center in 2011 while she was secretary of state. That initiative, known as the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, employed specialists to “to wage online battles with extremists to counter their propaganda,” she said.
As part of her plan to counter the radicalization of Americans, she said that “we need to step up our game” and intensify existing efforts to combat the digital messaging of ISIS and other terrorist groups.
However, the center and its messaging efforts have been widely panned by experts and other critics, raising questions about Clinton’s counterterrorism policies.
Rita Katz, an analyst with the SITE Intelligence Group who tracks the online communications of jihadists, told the Washington Post in May that the center, as well as its “Think Again Turn Away” campaign, has produced “embarrassing” content that might have even benefited ISIS.