Social Media Becoming Online Battlefield in Syria

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August 9, 2012 by Volamoot at Mashable!


Social media is often credited with helping spread the Arab Spring, as activists shared messages of discontent and organized protests using Facebook and Twitter. More than a year after the Arab Spring began in Tunisia, it has become a megaphone for propaganda from both sides of the struggle in conflict-ridden Syria.

Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are replete with propaganda from Syria — government forces and rebels have been using the networks to spar for the attention and support of the outside world. The Syrian government even has a division, the Syrian Electronic Army, assigned to the task.

“It’s not surprising that Syria has attempted to develop a cyber warfare capability,” J…
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More About: Arab Spring, Facebook, Social Media, Syria, Twitter, World, YouTube

posted by Mashable from http://mashable.com/2012/08/09/social-media-syria/

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