Report: Iran Got Anti-Semitic Hate Trending on Social Media During Israeli-Hamas Escalation

Report: Iran Got Anti-Semitic Hate Trending on Social Media During Israeli-Hamas Escalation
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According to an article reporting by Time, U.S. intelligence officials say that Iran is making a concerted effort to spread anti-Semitic ideas via Twitter.

They reported:

Within days of the conflict beginning last month in Israel and Gaza Twitter accounts linked to Iran were amplifying anti-Semitic messages in English, including the phrases “hitler was right” and “kill all jews” at a rate of 175 times per minute, according to analysis by Network Contagion Research Institute, which studies disinformation and is affiliated with Rutgers University and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

…The new spike in online provocations follows months of intense activity by Iran during the 2020 presidential campaign, when Tehran spread messages aimed at amplifying existing social divisions with the U.S and hurting former President Donald Trump’s chances of winning re-election, according to U.S. intelligence analysts.

….Last year, Iran was behind efforts to intimidate Democratic voters in the weeks before the election by sending threatening email messages from accounts posing as the violent pro-Trump group the Proud Boys, U.S. intelligence officials have found. The same network of Iranian operatives created and distributed a video with fake allegations of voter fraud.

So, Iran spread anti-Semitism in America via Twitter, tried to create dissension in America, and interfered in our election to help Joe Biden win? You sure don’t hear a lot about that on the news, do you?

The unfortunate reality is that social media networks, particularly Twitter, are outstanding tools for foreign intelligence services that want to hurt the United States and if you think that only Russia and Iran are playing this game, you are kidding yourself. It’s not even that hard of a game to play. Someone says something provocative about the other side and they pile on, adding thousands of likes and retweets while simultaneously aiming the nastiest criticism possible at anyone who disagrees. Then, the people targeted go, “Wow, those people really hate us. I didn’t realize it was this bad.” Rinse and repeat until everyone despises and fears each other.

It’s not just intelligence agencies either. I wouldn’t be shocked if the duplicate accounts, accounts run by foreign intelligence services, bots, and networks run by political & marketing groups accounted for 50% of the comments on Twitter as a whole along with 80% of the nasty comments. Want to know why the people you run into in real life aren’t the sort of people you see on Twitter? It’s because an awful lot of them aren’t real people just living their lives, they’re people working for foreign intelligence agencies, marketers, and political organizations trying to shape your reality. The scary thing is that at least to a certain degree, they’re succeeding.

John Hawkins is the author of 101 Things All Young Adults Should Know. You can find him on Parler here and on Twitter here.


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