While many argue that Social Media is very noisy, no one would argue that it is not influential, nor that imagery is the most potent way to influence someone. An April 1, 2018 article in the NY Times (see: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/01/world/middleeast/israel-gaza-fighting.html, Photo at Right) addressed how Israel and the Palestinians are both battling in the court of world opinion using dueling videos.
According to the article, Israel produced a video which you can see for your self at: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/01/world/middleeast/israel-gaza-fighting.html. This video claims to show Hamas fighters. Still below.
Not to be out done, Hamas purports show unarmed protesters being shot. You can see the female protester carrying her flag at: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/01/world/middleeast/israel-gaza-fighting.html Still below.
I will leave it to personal judgment to determine the validity of these as well as others you may find.
This particular influence skirmish shows how high impact video can be merged with Twitter as a distribution medium to sway global opinion.
On a side note, I recently took part in an exercise where part of my role was to develop a Twitter Disinformation Campaign. One of my colleagues and I assumed two different adversarial roles and generated a number of “Tweets” (they weren’t really on Twitter, but on an internal closed system) ranting against the Americans and their allies in the host nation. I was pleased to see that the good guys picked one of the up and provided some very creative counter-PSYOP.
I’ll be hosting a Peer to Peer Session and giving a presentation on the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union at the RSA Conference in San Francisco during the week of 16 April. If you’re attending comment on the post!