Social Media Wars

The title does not refer to competition between Twitter and Facebook, but the fairly recent trend of bringing social media into arenas where there is actual fighting. Think back to the Iranian uprising in 2009, where cell phone videos were uploaded showing what was going on to the outside world. While we (meaning the USA) tend to carefully trickle out information that seems helpful, and then usually only after days or weeks, yesterday's killing of Ahmed al-Jabari of Hamas was followed by an immediate YouTube posting of the incident by the Israelis, together with a "watch out, or your next" type message on Twitter. This follows an intensive social media campaign in recent weeks by Israel's IDF, on Facebook,  Flickr and Twitter. More targeted and perhaps more effective than the allies dropping leaflets over Europe in WWII...

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