The virtual online world branded Friday 11th December as ISIS Trolling Day, as part of Anonymous’ cyber war against the terrorist entity. Anonymous, a loosely associated international network of activist and hacktivist entities, pulled out all the stops on Trolling Day calling ‘hacktivists’ to make a noise on social media about ISIS. Trolling is colloquial term to abuse, insults or make threats online.
Anonymous has suggested ways for people to participate in Trolling Day, by taking to social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, and posting “mocking photos” of ISIS or using the Twitter hashtags #Daesh and #Daeshbags.
“Daesh is apparently an acronym that stands for the Arabic name of the Islamic State (al-Dawla al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham), but is seen as a pejorative by the group,” says Anonymous.
Twitter and Facebook has been raging with counter-terrorism posts and denigrating imagery of ISIS. However, some posts were not only mocking ISIS but the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
“There’s a fine line between trolling #Daesh and offending Muslims. Let’s try and be sensitive, yeah? #TrollingDay #Daeshbags,’’ @GroupAnon tweeted.
“ISIS does not stand for a religion, they do not stand for a god, they are brainwashers teaching from the young to the old their propaganda against the “west” when in reality they are just increasing the distance between countries by giving many a bad name,” says Anonymous.
“We will mock them (ISIS) for the idiots they are.”
On Twitter, there was a fiery response with users using humour and a bit of snarky wit to mock the international terror organisation.
“#TrollingDay #DaeshBags I’m a muslim and I’m standing against ISIS. They show no signs of what my religion teaches,” tweeted @SmackxyMamadxxx
“Life is hard, but it’s even harder if you’re stupid. #daeshbags @daeshidiots #Tro11Isis #AnonFamily #ISISTrollingDay,” tweeted @Al_BaghDouchy
“We should take dead ebola patients and drop them onto ISIS,’’ tweeted @Jester_Lulz
“’Operation ISIS’: @AnonyOps calls on world to troll ‘#Daeshbags’,” tweeted @SputnikInt
“Too much ISIS? Get prozac and relax. 11. Dec 2015 is the “Day of Rage” where Anonymous will shame and mock #daeshbags,” tweeted @Stop1Spamming. VOC