Busted! Journalist Liliane Khalil Exposed

*This is a piece from 2011, posted here for posterity, and because it was on my old blog***** If it's 2 am, and you're still awake screaming angrily at your Twitter feed, then chances are you've been sucked into the Arab Spring - online edition. Indeed, social media and the Arab Spring are two collocations … Continue reading Busted! Journalist Liliane Khalil Exposed

Podcast on sectarianism and growing up in #Bahrain with @ProjectSEPAD

I am excited to post a podcast conducted by Dr. Simon Mabon at Lancaster University. The podcast is part of Projeact SEPAD, or the Sectarianism, Proxies and De-sectarianisation initiative, a Carnegie Corporation-funded project at @RichardsonInst based at Lancaster University. In it I tlak about growing up in Bahrain, and how it influenced my academic perspective … Continue reading Podcast on sectarianism and growing up in #Bahrain with @ProjectSEPAD

The Gulf Information War| Propaganda, Fake News, and Fake Trends: The Weaponization of Twitter Bots in the Gulf Crisis

I am pleased to announce that I have published a new article in the International Journal of Communication. It's open access and you can find it here. It is part of a special issue called The Gulf Information War and the Role of Media and Communication Technologies, edited by the great Banu Akdenizli and Ilhem … Continue reading The Gulf Information War| Propaganda, Fake News, and Fake Trends: The Weaponization of Twitter Bots in the Gulf Crisis

Twitter accounts hijacked to tweet anti-Qatar propaganda and challenge French Embassy’s demands to issue Raif Badawi an amnesty

In the spirit of trying be more regular with this blog (Think of it as a high fibre writing diet), I am writing another post in my traditional style; burying the lede and ending lots of sentences with prepositions such as 'as'. My last post featured an interesting story about how verified Twitter accounts were … Continue reading Twitter accounts hijacked to tweet anti-Qatar propaganda and challenge French Embassy’s demands to issue Raif Badawi an amnesty

Was the person behind the Twitter account of dead American meteorologist a living Saudi prince?

Yesterday I wrote how pro-regime Saudi entities were using hijacked verified Twitter accounts. Today Twitter removed the verification of two of those accounts. One of them, belonging to the late meteorologist David Schwartz, is still verified. This is perhaps the most interesting. The fact is that David passed away two years ago. The New York … Continue reading Was the person behind the Twitter account of dead American meteorologist a living Saudi prince?