On August 14, 2018, the Telegram channel of Hamas military wing ‘Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, or simply Al-Qassam Brigades, posted links to the group’s accounts on other social media networks, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, Google Plus, and the audio-sharing platform SoundCloud.
Collectively, these accounts have over 25,000 members and followers. The majority of them, 10,129, are members of the Al-Qassam Brigades Telegram channel, the handle of which is @qassambrigades. Though these accounts often share the same content on the various platforms, some promote specific Al-Qassam Brigades content. On SoundCloud, for example, the group shares its nasheeds (“religious songs”) to over 1,100 followers.
The Al-Qassam Brigades WhatsApp channel has 194 members. Requests to join the channel must be made to an Al-Qassam Brigades WhatsApp number that the group has published on Telegram and elsewhere.
The Al-Qassam Brigades Instagram account has nearly 1,000 followers. The account posts pictures of martyrs, military training, and various public gatherings, among other things. Al-Qassam Brigades has had a lot of support on the platform.
Al-Qassam Brigades Facebook page has 974 followers. Content on the page includes photos of the group’s martyrs, military training, and daily news from Gaza and the West Bank.
Al-Qassam Brigades promoted three Twitter accounts in its August 14 Telegram post: @qassam_arabic12, @spokesman2018, and @walshohada. st 13, 2018).
The Al-Qassam Brigades Google Plus account, on which the group publishes various releases and statements, has 302 members.
In the August 14 Telegram post, Al-Qassam Brigades provided links to two public Telegram channels that had 10,129 and 1,653 members, respectively. The latter channel, @qabasat2018, features numerous photos of Al-Qassam Brigades fighters; the photos are often accompanied with lines of poetry glorying the group and its activities against Israel, and highlighting its fighters’ courage and dedication, among other things.