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Why the U.S. government is 'trolling' terrorists on social media - Published: April 18, 2014

"We don't negotiate with terrorists," has long been the standard refrain of governments when it comes to violent extremists.

But these days, in the realm of social media, at least, they are talking to them.

In recent years, the U.S. State Department has launched social media efforts to engage jihadists and their sympathizers online, contesting their claims with the intention of dissuading potential converts to Islamic extremism.

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