Dan­gers of the

ANAL­Y­SIS

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - ADAM LE­VICK

“YOU HAVE to keep an eye on who you are fol­low­ing on Twit­ter and where the pic­ture you’re tweet­ing came from,” warned a BBC jour­nal­ist in a short video that ac­com­pa­nied an ar­ti­cle posted on BBC Trend­ing, a sec­tion on the cor­po­ra­tion’s web­site which se­lects sto­ries that are pop­u­lar on so­cial me­dia around the world.

The ar­ti­cle was en­ti­tled, “Are #Gaza­Un­der­At­tack im­ages ac­cu­rate?”, and looked at im­ages shared on so­cial me­dia by pro-Pales­tinian ac­tivists dur­ing the cur­rent war in Gaza.

The short post fo­cused on the above Twit­ter hash­tag, which, the BBC noted, “has­beenused­hun­dred­sof thou­sands of times, of­ten to dis­trib­ute pic­tures claim­ing to show the ef­fects of the air strikes”.

TheBBCwarnedthata“BBCTrend­ing anal­y­sis has found that some date as far back as 2009 and oth­ers are from con­flicts in Syria and Iraq”.

As many know who fol­low sites that mon­i­tor me­dia cov­er­age of Is­rael, even sea­soned jour­nal­ists can be guilty of us­ing the so­cial me­dia ir­re­spon­si­bly, lazily spread­ing vi­ral in­ac­cu­ra­cies through count­less “shares” and “retweets” elicited by dra­matic, evoca­tive (but mis­lead­ing or ma­nip­u­lated) pho­tos.

Within the past few days, Sun­day Times jour­nal­ist Hala Jaber tweeted pho­tos pur­port­edly from the cur­rent

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