Digital weapons in a post-conflict society

Faith Gordon, Paul Reilly

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This chapter will explore the relatively under-researched issue of how social media is used in relation to paramilitary style assaults in Northern Ireland. Drawing on the preliminary findings from an ongoing study by the authors, it will explore how social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are being monitored by
the police in order to identify such incidents and to encourage citizens to report them to the authorities. The chapter concludes by assessing the impact of the #stopattacks campaign and the role of community-based organisations and youth workers in establishing an alternative discourse in this area.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnti-Social Media?
Subtitle of host publicationThe Impact on Journalism and Society
EditorsJohn Mair, Tor Clark, Neil Fowler, Raymond Snoddy, Richard Tait
Place of PublicationSuffolk UK
PublisherAbramis Academic
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781845497293
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • social media
  • crime
  • post-conflict societies
  • punishment

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