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

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?

Someone in Saudi has taken over the verified Twitter account of a dead American meteorologist – and there’s more…

The hacked accounts of verified users on Twitter are likely being bought and sold to unknown Saudi entities and Twitter appear to be doing little about it. This post details a number of examples of this problem, putting it in the wider context of the problematic Gulf Twittersphere.  **Update: Since I wrote this blog and it … Continue reading Someone in Saudi has taken over the verified Twitter account of a dead American meteorologist – and there’s more…