Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Don't (immediately) believe everything you see or read on the internet

None of us should need to be reminded of that, but it's clear that reminders are sometimes necessary—especially on topics where passions run high. Here's one cautionary note from the BBC.  —Jeff Weintraub

BBC News
July 1, 2014
Are #GazaUnderAttack images accurate?

8 hours ago

Graphic images are being shared on social media to show how people have been affected by the renewed tensions between Israel and the Palestinians.

Hamas has been firing rockets from Gaza into southern Israel, which has responded with airstrikes on Gaza. Several Palestinian militants have been killed and on Tuesday it was reported that at least 15 Palestinians had been injured.

Over the past week the hashtag #GazaUnderAttack has been used hundreds of thousands of times, often to distribute pictures claiming to show the effects the airstrikes.

Some of the images are of the current situation in Gaza, but a #BBCtrending analysis has found that some date as far back as 2009 and others are from conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

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