How Israel And Hamas Weaponized Social Media

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The IDF’s Facebook account. (Credit: Screenshot by Dara Kerr/CNET) The Al Qassam great site Brigades, Hamas’ military wing, did not agree to an interview, so its full social media plans are unclear. In the past, the group reportedly managed a Facebook page and YouTube channel , but these no longer exist. The armed group maintains an active blog in English and its biggest social media presence more? info… is on Twitter, where the sporadic tweets of more than a year ago have grown to a consistent daily dozen. As of January 9, 2014, Al Qassam Brigades’ main Twitter account in English was suspended. Twitter wouldn’t say why it took this action, only that “we do not comment on individual accounts, for privacy and security reasons.” Al Qassam Brigades appears to now be using an alternative account that was initially geared toward its Arabic-speaking audience. The US government lists Hamas as a ” Foreign Terrorist Organization ,” as does Canada and the European Union. This means that signing up for social media accounts from companies based in the US isn’t so easy. Facebook and Twitter both declined interviews for this story.

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