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Justin Bieber hashtag used for IS propaganda

Islamic State has hijacked the Justin Bieber hashtag on Twitter and used it to release a graphic propaganda video.

The posting occurred early on Friday, with links also carrying the hashtags of ISIS and ISIL, alternative names for IS.

Justin Bieber, whose popularity has been exploited by Islamic State in a bid to reach his huge online audience.
Justin Bieber, whose popularity has been exploited by Islamic State in a bid to reach his huge online audience. Photo: supplied

The pop star has almost 74 million Twitter followers.

The professionally produced 15-minute video includes the filming of the execution of four men who are shot in the back of the head at close range as they kneel on the ground with their hands bound.

A scene from an  Islamic State propaganda video.
A scene from an Islamic State propaganda video. 

The release comes after a warning from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this week that the online campaign against IS must be considerably improved.

AAP

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