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“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