The IDF is not content with the two major fronts it already operates in, the Occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip. They have ‘moved their troops’ onto the Internet and will be “fighting enemies on Facebook and Twitter”.
The Internet has been ‘training ground’ for various hasbara activities, but this is a first, almost a declaration of war…..
The new unit, as well as an initiative by the Information and Diaspora Ministry to train people to represent Israel independently on the Internet and in other arenas, were presented Monday at the conference during a panel discussion on Israeli public relations abroad.
Responding to criticism of Israel’s ability to face hostile entities on the Web, Benayahu said the new program would be able to deal with the problem. He said that from each group drafted to the Army Spokesman’s Office, between eight to 10 young people who are experts in Web 2.0 – YouTube, Facebook and Twitter – to be identified before induction, would be assigned to the new department. The new recruits would be put to work in the new media unit after undergoing a general Army Spokesman’s Unit training course.
A report on this can be read HERE
New IDF unit to fight enemies on Facebook, Twitter