Hamas and Israel Step Up Cyber Battle for Hearts and Minds

Phil Howard, professor at CEU's School of Public Policy and director of CEU's Center for Media and Communication Studies, speaks to the BBC about how social media is being used to win the hearts and minds of people in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world.


Philip Howard, professor of communication at Central European University and University of Washington, says Hamas and the IDF both know that they have a wide audience, but that the bulk of their online followers come from overseas.

"The most strategically important part of the audience are the journalists who follow their accounts. They know that a well-placed tweet can help spin news coverage," he adds.