The Israel-Hamas War Is Drowning X in Disinformation

WIRED (10/09/2023)
  • Users seeking real-time updates on the Israel-Hamas conflict via X (formerly Twitter) are being overwhelmed by waves of disinformation.
  • Amid the latest violent confrontations, old videos, fabricated photos, and even video game content are being circulated as authentic.
  • Although disinformation usually accompanies significant global events, the extent and pace of false narratives surrounding this particular conflict are unprecedented.
  • The surge in disinformation has been exacerbated by changes Musk implemented emphasizing content engagement, thereby incentivizing the spread of shocking disinformation.