Published: February 21, 2016
Justin Bieber fans are being targeted by ISIS
The terrorist organisation is setting its sights on the pop giant’s 76 million followers worldwide by exploiting the well-used hashtag of his name.
Bieber is Twitter’s biggest attraction, boasting the most followers in the world. The hashtag is used hundreds, if not thousands of times an hour, and rockets to tens of thousands of times when the star is trending.
The star’s fans are called Beliebers and many of them are under ten years old.
ISIS – also known as Daesh – recently uploaded one of its propaganda films to a different site and included the international pop star’s #JustinBieber hashtag.
This means youngsters looking for news about the diminutive star would be shown a link featuring a sickening video by ISIS preaching death and hatred to the West.
The video features a bearded man speaking English with what appears to be a British accent and depicts scenes of fierce battles and rotting bodies covered in flies.
Justin Bieber signs autographs for his legion of fans The tweet by ISIS using #justinbieber to target the star's fans as it distributes a new video
Express.co.uk has chosen not to show the full tweet due to the nature of the message nor the link to the video.
One mother, who asked not to be named, said she was “appalled” that nine-year-old children like her daughter could stumble across the video while looking for Bieber fan photographs.
An English speaking Jihadi appears in the video targeting Justin Bieber fans Fans hope to catch a glimpse of the star
The 40-year-old mother who lives in Epsom, Surrey, said: “I do let my daughter use Twitter and she knows all about using hashtags to search for Justin Bieber news and pictures.
“I would be horrified if she ever saw images such as those in the video.
“Many of Bieber’s fans are so young and to target children in this way is typically horrific of ISIS.
Justin Bieber performs for his fans
“I will certainly think twice about letting her loose on Twitter now.”
ISIS is well known for using social media platforms to spread its warped messages and horrific videos of beheadings and other savage executions.
The video refers to killing Kuffars, a slang term for non-believers
Dozens of disaffected youths have also left their families behind in the UK and fled to Syria after being lured to the terror group’s de facto capital of Raqqa after being groomed on Twitter.