Islamic State alternative to Facebook gets bumpy start

March 10, 2015 6:27 AM

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Islamic State alternative to Facebook gets bumpy start

DUBAI (Reuters) - Facing a ban from mainstream online social networks Facebook and Twitter, supporters of the Islamic State appear to have launched their own "caliphate book."

But 5elafabook.com was offline on Monday just a day after its launch and its Twitter account was suspended, highlighting the challenges faced by backers of the ultra-violent militants based in Iraq and Syria in spreading their message and recruiting online.

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