Citizen jouranlism on Facebook and Twitter change media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict


Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have recently become integral parts in reporting terrorist attacks between Israelis and Palestinians.  This article discusses the pros and cons of the rising use of social media in civilian journalism in light of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Whereas mainstream media is limited by military censorship and sensitivity of viewers, private citizens can capture and disseminate graphic information in real time using platforms like Facebook and Twitter.  Never before has this kind of raw and graphic coverage been so abundant and so accessible to the public.  Unfortunately, this kind of graphic and unfiltered media coverage can feed into the terrorists' goal of instilling fear in the public.  Positive effects, however, include acts of heroism being captured and shared online as well as a means for the general public to engage in political discussions or peace campaigns.  Hopefully, this public awareness of the severity of the issue will attract the attention needed to help end the violence.


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