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How social media became a new front in the Gaza conflict

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Published: 1 June 2021

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Fake news, misleading Instagram posts, online bullying - both sides weaponised facts; Shin Bet, AG rejected Netanyahu plan to block Tiktok from spreading inflammatory videos

Social media became a new front in latest Gaza fighting (Ynet)
Supporters for both Israel and the Palestinians used the platforms in order to sway public opinion and pressure leaders to intervene, with posts becoming louder and more graphic in order to get more viral and have a greater impact

PA resumes crackdown on social media users, political rivals (Jerusalem Post)
More than 20 Palestinians have been detained, and some interrogated “against the background of writings and posts on social media pages or participation in popular activities"

Netanyahu wanted a social media blackout during IDF operation – report (Jerusalem Post)
Specifically, Netanyahu wanted to block TikTok, where videos of Arabs attacking Jews went viral on numerous occasions, arguing that the platform could lead to more violence

Israel’s war on facts and the infographic intifada (Haaretz)
From fake news by official Israeli spokespeople to misleading Instagram infographics by purported pro-Palestinians accounts, sides weaponized facts in this round of Gaza fighting

Why are Israeli Defence Forces soldiers posting thirst traps on TikTok? (Rolling Stone)
Israeli soldiers — and the military itself — are trying to influence the Middle East narrative with sexy social media posts

Israeli Instagram influencers took on Bella and Gigi Hadid following their Gaza posts; guess who won? (Haaretz)
Israeli celebrities and influencers flocked to Instagram in order to go after American supermodel sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid, who criticized Israel's actions in Gaza. They failed miserably

Image: The key48 post, reposted by Diet Prada on Instagram

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