HBKU Comms asked to film a short piece with me about how it was teaching remotely. I complied, on the condition my cat be featured 😉 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwU1kopxFWE&feature=youtu.be
A link to my new article on The Monkey Cage blog: Saudi, UAE Twitter takedowns won’t curb rampant disinformation on Arab Twitter
I analysed around 13,000 retweets of Boris Johnson's tweet that read "The referendum result must be respected. We will leave the EU on 31st October. #LeaveOct31". He tweeted this twice, once on 15th Aug and again on 27th. The following is what I found: #StopTheCoup To read this viral Twitter thread please head here!
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
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…
We know Donald Trump likes to tweet. Given his waning popularity, he probably needs those social media dopamine hits more than most of us. However, while Donald Trump’s actual popularity among living humans remains the stuff of intrigue, especially with accusations of various forms of electoral manipulation by Cambridge Analytica, the Russians, and bots, his … Continue reading In Graphs: How pro-Saudi Twitter Bots Boost Donald Trump’s Ego (and his retweet count)
Saud al-Qahtani, is no stranger to controversy. Nicknamed Dalim by some, he is the Advisor to the Saudi Royal court and General Supervisor of the Center for Studies and Information Affairs. He was recently in the news claiming that Saudi had unearthed thousands of fake, pro-Qatar Twitter accounts, despite providing no evidence in the former … Continue reading Saudi Royal Court Advisor Saud al-Qahtani is Using Bad Science to Inflame Tensions with Qatar