The social media war in the Middle East
Middle Eastern regimes are aggressive users of social media. They exploit these platforms against their enemies and rivals targeting dissidents, spreading disinformation, and otherwise trying to embarrass and weaken one another. They are aggressive in their efforts to undermine and punish critics at home as well. What are the implications of these tactics? How might U.S. technology companies counter, or at least reduce, these dangers?
On January 24, the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings hosted a discussion among experts to address some of these questions and examine the role that social media companies and governments play in shaping the current environment.
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Daniel L. Byman
Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, Center for Middle East Policy
Former Brookings Expert
Head of Counterterrorism and Dangerous Organisations for Europe, the Middle East and Africa - Facebook / Meta
Researcher - SMEX
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