Dr. Gina Ligon, associate professor of management, studies violent groups from a business standpoint.
She says ISIS is using Twitter, for the most part, to target people under 30 who are angry and feel oppressed.
Ligon says it seems Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen matched what they were looking for.
“It was just a real unfortunate confluence of him being at a time in his life where he felt this extreme anger, and then having ISIS to sort of give him this cognitive, logical group to place it on,” Ligon tells Nebraska Radio Network. “They actually provided him a target to be able to express that rage.”
Ligon says it does not seem like Mateen was given a direct order to conduct the mass shooting, but he was inspired by ISIS.
That is done by forums where ISIS directs possible recruits to learn more about the Caliphate.
“There are about eleven different languages, English being one of them,” Ligon says. “They go anywhere from talking about how great life is in the Caliphate to the excitement and the adventure. It almost seems like they’re marketing a summer internship to come over and join the Caliphate, or to do something in your area.”
Such a digital jihad is unheard of in terrorism, but Ligon says ISIS is having great success with it.