Israel, Twitter, and the Line Between Free Speech and Violence

Smoke rises following Israeli strikes in the Gaza Strip--seen from the Israel Gaza Border, southern Israel, on Nov. 16, 2012. Photograph by Ariel Schalit/AP Photo

If you’ve been following the social-media campaign recently unleashed by the Israeli army on a multitude of platforms—from Twitter and Facebook to Instagram and Tumblr—as part of its attack on Hamas guerillas in the Gaza Strip, you know that we are seeing the birth of a whole new way of experiencing a war: in real time, and with live reports from the combatants themselves. But while some might argue that more information about such events is good, it also highlights just how much of our perception of such a conflict comes to us through proprietary platforms such as Twitter and Facebook and YouTube. What duties or responsibilities do they have (if any) to monitor or regulate that information?

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