FAKE NEWS IN THE SOCIAL MEDIA WERE ABOUT TO CAUSE MILITARY AGGRESSION BETWEEN ISRAEL AND PAKISTAN


26/12/2016




İlknur Şebnem Öztemel – TDO – A fake twitter story which was spread on 20 December  as Israeli Defense Minister tweeted;’’ If Pakistan  send ground troops to Syria on any pretext, we will destroy this country with a nuclear attack”. In return, Pakistan’s defense minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif sent a warning to Israel on Twitter as “Israeli defense minister threatens nuclear retaliation presuming Pakistan’s role in Syria against ISIL. Israel forgets Pakistan is a nuclear state too’’. Later the misunderstanding had been clarified as Israel’s defense ministry tweeted on Saturday, saying the original story was “totally fictitious.”

The fake story has been spread by AWD which has been identified by fact-checking organizations, as a fake news site. Recently, Facebook invented a news rating program that aims to prevent the spread of fake news, concerning strong criticisms as they cause risky misunderstandings. Social media is really influential in spreading news, ideas and also can be very effective to led people to be in collective action or provoke them. It is significant to remind the impact of social media to unite people for democracy in the Arab Spring.

It is not clear that whether Israel have nuclear weapons or not but it is believed that they had developed their own nuclear weapons. Pakistan became a nuclear power in 1998, regarding the rising aggression in India-Pakistan relations.


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