Title: Russia, China, and Iran Support Hamas with a Massive Online Disinformation Campaign
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In the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, Russia, China, and Iran have emerged as active supporters of the terrorist organization by employing their state media to fuel the online battle. Focusing on using social media platforms, the three nations aim to turn public sentiment against the Jewish State while advancing their own interests in the process.
According to Cyabra, a social media intelligence company in Tel Aviv, the disinformation campaign orchestrated by Russia, China, and Iran during the current conflict is unprecedented in scope and scale. Cyabra’s research has exposed approximately 40,000 bots and fake accounts responsible for spreading pro-Hamas and anti-Israel narratives across various social platforms.
Russian media outlets like RT and Sputnik India have been particularly involved in disseminating misleading information. RT falsely alleged that Israel was behind the bombing of the Al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza, despite evidence proving the explosion resulted from a misfired rocket launched by the Islamic Jihad. Furthermore, Sputnik India published misinformation claiming that the US had supplied the bomb used in the hospital attack, when in fact, both assertions were proven untrue.
Meanwhile, China’s influence extends to the popular video-sharing platform, TikTok. As a Chinese-owned company, TikTok has become a tool for manipulating the narrative, favoring Hamas and presenting an anti-Israeli stance, primarily targeting younger audiences.
The impact of this disinformation campaign is staggering. Cyabra’s analysis revealed that one out of every four social media accounts discussing the conflict between Israel and Hamas, and one out of every three accounts discussing the hospital explosion in Gaza, were either fake or operated by bots.
Hamas has demonstrated a sophisticated disinformation strategy on social media, following in the footsteps of ISIS, and it is only amplified by the support of Russia, China, and Iran. These three nations, fueled by their own geopolitical aims, are not only supporting the cause of Hamas but also spreading their antisemitic messaging far and wide.
As the war between Hamas and Israel continues, the importance of distinguishing between truth and falsehoods online cannot be overstated. The role played by Russia, China, and Iran in amplifying disinformation underscores the need for vigilance, critical thinking, and fact-checking in the face of this ongoing digital battle.