Oil traders razor-focused on signs of escalating violence in the Middle East were jolted on Thursday by a Twitter posting from the Israeli military that, at first glance, suggested they had just bombed Syrian airports. The Tweet was true, but it wasn’t news. The posting referred to an attack 40 years ago in the Yom Kippur war.
To tweet or not to tweet: Which terror attacks are “classic” and “shocking” and which deserve only minor mention? Which military operations shouldn’t be discussed, since they sparked “a lot of criticism” of the Israel Defense Forces, and which are “worth commenting on”? Internal documents from the IDF Spokesman’s Office that were obtained by Haaretz reveal the office’s considerations in deciding what to mention on social networks.
Israel’s military censor to monitor Facebook, Twitter, and blogs
Israel’s military launched a new system this week to monitor information on the Internet, the chief military censor said on Tuesday.