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The IDF and Hamas wage a social media war: here's what you need to know

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The conflict between Israel and Hamas has been raging in the Gaza Strip for years, but both sides have recently taken to social media to spread their points of view. The Israel Defense Forces Twitter account, @IDFspokesperson, began liveblogging military operations and posting notices of successful assassinations, and the faction also has accounts on Flickr, Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest. The IDF isn't the only one making use of these new platforms to appeal for garner popular opinion — Hamas has similarly taken to Twitter to respond to the IDF's challenges. In contrast to Israel's aggressive use of social media, Israel's military is asking its citizens to refrain from geotagging posts for fear of providing Hamas with additional intelligence. We'll keep you updated on the latest in this unique social media war right here.