UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — In parallel to the fierce fighting in the south of the Libyan capital Tripoli between the forces of Marshal Khalifa Hafter and the forces of the National Reconciliation Government, fighting raging on social networks.
Facebook remains the primary means of viewing the news for the population, despite the absence of guarantees about the credibility of what is published through it.
The parties to the conflict are aware of the importance of social networking sites, and some of their fighters are holding arms and a telephone to photograph what is going on with the other hand.
A spokesman for the forces loyal to the government of reconciliation Mohamed Qanoon accused last week supporters of Marshal Hafter “infiltration into some areas and take pictures and then withdraw,” and later announced control of a military site or neighborhood.
And everything is open to hitting the credibility of the “enemy” or hitting his morale.
The commander of a US fighter jet was forced this week to publish a video in which a US newspaper with a history of exile was held to deny his presence in Libya, where he became famous against his will.
A photo of him was flown in a Libyan fighter plane for several days by supporters of Haftar to accuse the government of the Al-Wefaq government of resorting to “mercenaries to bomb Libyans.”
The spokesman for the forces of Hafer Ahmed al-Massmari used this image, which spread through social networking sites, in his press conferences.
“It is true that there is a wave of media misinformation being promoted through social networks, but the reason is that each party has invested a lot in influencing the media to adopt the novel that suits it,” said Libyan analyst Imad Badi.
This makes it almost impossible to distinguish the correct news from the liar.
– Novels –
Last week, three video clips were launched at the same time and from the same place on the front, but with completely different banners.
In the first tape, there is a scene that is almost unbelievable, with fighters from both sides appearing suddenly stopping fighting and embracing the cries of “one Libya.”
The other two tapes portray the fighters of the other side surrendering their weapons and surrendering.
But the weapons overcame good intentions as the hug shot lasted only a few minutes. Their circumstances remain incomprehensible.
However, one Internet user comments: “Whatever the true story of the facts, united Libya won at least a few minutes.”
The two sides exchanged responsibility for Wednesday’s shelling of residential neighborhoods in the south of the capital, leaving six dead.
On the social networking sites, many of the Internet pioneers have become military experts who, through maps and weapons, try to prove that the other side is responsible for the bombing.
– “Safety Road” –
Some go further by sending messages of hatred or incitement to violence amid the absence of punishment in the country ravaged by anarchy since the overthrow of the Muammar Gaddafi regime in 2011.
“Not forcing a user to be identified on social networks encourages people to engage in hate speech and even to incite crime,” said Mayss Abdul Fattah, a 26-year-old student at Zawya-West University.
“The bad social network users … take comfort, reassuring that no one will hold them accountable for what they say and spread lies and fabrications, which often happens in Libya.”
Each camp depicts fighters wounded, dead or captured on Facebook in an effort to prove its victory.
Like Internet pioneers, each TV channel has chosen its own camp, making it difficult to obtain reliable information.
Sometimes they publish videos or photographs without the slightest validation, just because they serve their camp.
“It is useless to turn on the television. The Libyan channels are either late in transmitting the news for a few hours or are biased against one another so much that it becomes a farce and a mockery especially for the viewer who belongs to the group,” said Karim, one of the pioneers of a coffee shop on the seashore in a suburb of Tripoli with two eyes on his phone. Or encourage the other opponent. ”
Despite the rumors that fill the social networks, some have succeeded in using them well for the benefit of the population.
A group of young Libyans in 2016 established the Safe Path site, which now has 162,000 Facebook members.
It allows during battles to get an idea of the ways to avoid or closed to traffic because of the battles.
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