Farina, M. – 2020
Social media platforms have become extremely popular in the last fifteen years. Almost half of the world population has a social media account.This has made social media extremely atractive to extremist groups. Recent studies have shown that extremist use social media platforms for violent radicalisation. They take advantage of interactional nature of these platforms to recruit and influence indiviuals at risk of radicalisation. Through social media interactions, individuals at risk of radicalisation develop a sense of shared identity which appears to be an important driver in the process of violent radicalisation. Although many studies have highligthed the importance of social media interactions in online radicalisation, it seems that none of these studies has analysed these interactions from an interactional perspective. This paper aims to fill this gap in violent radicalisation research. It propuses to use Conversational Annalysis for the examination of the interactions occuring between extremist and potential recruiters on social media platforms.