US claims progress fighting ISIS on Twitter
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The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria's (ISIS) Twitter traffic has dropped 45 percent in the past two years, the Obama administration told The Associated Press. 


U.S. officials say the drop is a sign of progress toward eliminating propaganda they say inspires attacks around the world. 

The U.S. and its allies have countered messages from ISIS on social media with its own messages that say the terrorist group "slaughters childhood," "kills innocence" and "lashes purity." 

Memes and images depicting the group's treatment of women and children are presented in Arabic and distributed with Muslim governments, religious leaders and schools. 

"We're denying ISIL the ability to operate uncontested online, and we're seeing their social media presence decline," said Michael Lumpkin, head of the Global Engagement Center, which coordinates the U.S. government's approach to fighting extremist messaging.

"Anti-ISIL audiences are increasingly vocal on social media. This only weakens ISIL's ability to recruit, a key aim of our messaging efforts."

Data from the AP shows anti-ISIS messages now overpower pro-ISIS content 6-1.