Amidst guns and grenades, a new weapon is becoming frequently used in the escalating tension between Israel and Hamas: social media.
As guns and rockets are being fired on the battlefront, both parties are posting threats and declarations on Twitter. Simultaneously, they continue to upload video threats against one another on YouTube and post propaganda images on Flicker.
Hours ago, the Israeli Defense Force Tweeted: “The IDF has begun a widespread campaign on terror sites & operatives in the #Gaza Strip, chief among them #Hamas & Islamic Jihad targets.”
Moments later, the IDF Tweeted that it had successfully assassinated Ahmed Al-Jabari, head of the military wing of Hamas. It was followed with links to YouTube videos about the attack, as well as photographs.
This is the type of documentation that both parties perform on social media. It’s clear that social media is becoming part of modern warfare. And, according to some experts, the digital platform will continue to play an increasing role on the actual battlefield.
One of the prominent themes in this development is: whether or not social media sites need to implement rules to prevent them from being used as tools of war?
Source: Herald Sun