Terrorist use of social media has exploded over the past several years. It is time the U.S. government catches up.

A recent study by the Brookings Institute found that ISIS now has over 40,000 Twitter accounts.

This is not just a fight that stays online: in addition to fundraising, terrorist groups from ISIS to the Taliban use social media platforms to spread propaganda, radicalize, and ultimately recruit fighters.

There are now between 27,000 and 31,000 foreign fighters from 86 countries. That is more than double the number from last year.

The FBI says instead of a potential terrorist having to go to Syria or Iraq to train, all they have to do is log on.

Nationwide the FBI is currently investigating 900 potential lone wolf terrorists in the U.S. with the web and social media serving as a playbook to carry out attacks.

In October, ISIS issued a new instruction manual on how terrorists can use social media.

Al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab live tweeted its attack on a Kenyan mall that killed 72 people.

The recipes for the bombs used in the Boston marathon attacks were published in al-Qaeda’s Inspire magazine on social media before the attack.

The al-Qaeda branch in Yemen known as AQAP held a press conference on Twitter, allowing users to submit questions that were answered by the terror group and posted back on Twitter the following week.

This does not have to be a losing battle.

Since it redoubled its efforts to proactively identify and remove terrorist content, Facebook has seen a marked drop off in terrorist use of its platform.

Unfortunately, not all social media companies have taken such an intentional approach.

The federal government does not even have a strategy to counter this problem.

In 2011, the White House acknowledged terrorists’ use of social media to spread hate and promised a strategy to prevent online radicalization.

More than three years later, we are still waiting.

H.R. 3654, the Combat Terrorist Use of Social Media Act of 2015, requires the President to fulfill his promise and produce a strategy to combat terrorist use of social media.

It also requires the President to come up with a policy to enhance the exchange of information and dialogue between the federal government and social media companies.

In the 21st century we have to recognize the importance of all the battlefields against terrorists.

It is ironic that terrorists, who are barbaric and antiquated, are dominating us when it comes to a technology that didn’t even exist a little more than 10 years ago.

It is time for that to change.