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Paris attack: Is Anonymous' weigh-in better than more guns?

ISIS has no country, and has achieved many of its incredible feats of propaganda via sophisticated online messaging. This means Anonymous’ Sunday threat could be an extremely successful form of retaliation against Friday’s Paris attacks.

In a series of Tweets and a French language YouTube video it announced its intention to wage war on ISIS: “Anonymous from all over the world will hunt you down. You should know that we will find you and we will not let you go. We will launch the biggest operation ever against you.”

The response to the Paris attacks has been heartfelt and echoed around the world. Over the weekend the messages on Twitter and French flags on Facebook have sprung up everywhere. Yet the real challenge is what can be done, that will show action, and not incite more violence?

Maybe Anonymous has the answer?

Earlier this year, in retaliation to the Charlie Hebdo shooting, Anonymous also “declared war” on jihadist websites and social networks. And as result claimed to have taken down 1,500 Twitter and Facebook accounts.

This is surely exactly the sort of action that is needed. The YouTube video has already been watched just shy of a million times, Anonymous’ tweets have been shared by thousands and the message is trending across the social space. Violence doesn’t stop violence… but attacking communication channels just might.

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