PBS NewsHour and Blogs of War Twitter Chat on Social Media and Warfare

Twitter Chat: Is social media a weapon in modern warfare?


The nice folks at PBS @NewsHour asked me and @PJTobia to spend an hour discussing the topic with them on Twitter.

Social media can be used to circulate true information in the face of censorship. It can also cause false information to go viral. It has powered revolutions, but it is also used to expand the reach of violent extremists. What is the role of social media in modern warfare? How has this changed as the medium evolves? What responsibility do sites such as Facebook and Twitter have to regulate (or restrict) users’ promotion of military actions

Join the conversation in a Twitter chat 1-2 p.m. EDT, Thursday, July 31. John Little, who blogs about international relations and national security on his website Blogs of War, will participate through his Twitter handle @BlogsofWar. PBS NewsHour foreign affairs producer @PJTobia will also contribute. Follow along and weigh in using #NewsHourChats.

You can find the full transcript of the chat here.

If you’d like some background on how social media is being used in both warfare and intelligence this list is a good starting point:

I also recommend following the excellent J.M. Berger @intelwire. His comments on extremism and social media are always insightful.

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