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Balancing Act: Media, Disinformation, and Bias in the Israel-Palestine Conflict

By: Maida Salkanović The recent major escalation in the enduring conflict between Israel and Palestine, the most significant in decades, has led to an information surge on social media and news platforms. The large amount of disinformation and polarizing narratives complicate the task of making sense of the available information. On October 7, the Palestinian […]

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The protest held in front of a McDonald’s in France has nothing to do with Gaza

Original article (in BCS) was published on 30/11/2023; Author: Marija Manojlović In a recent display of discontent, farmers in the French town of Vesoul unloaded a truck full of manure in front of a local McDonald’s restaurant. The reason was the fast-food giant’s decision to import meat from overseas, which they saw as undermining local […]

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The Photo of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Arrest is a product of Artificial Intelligence

Original article (in Albanian) was published on 06/12/2023 A picture depicting Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, in handcuffs and under police escort has been widely shared on social media. Faktoje’s verification revealed that these images are not authentic, but rather a product of artificial intelligence (AI) technology. Artificial intelligence (AI)-generated imagery continues to confuse users […]

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It’s Not Ronaldo Holding the Palestinian Flag in the Viral Video

Original article (in BCS) was published on 08/12/2023; Author: Mladen Lakić A video circulating on Facebook, suggesting it shows soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo displaying a Palestinian flag on the field, actually features Moroccan soccer player Jawad El Yamiq. On December 3, 2023, the Facebook page Kakanjski Portal posted the video, along with a caption implying […]

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The media are not hiding the Al-Aqsa mosque in the photos

Original article (in BCS) was published on 22/11/2023; Author: Nerma Šehović Unfounded claims circulating on social media allege that the media intentionally use a photo of the Dome of the Rock when reporting on the Al-Aqsa Mosque. This supposed tactic aims to divert attention, suggesting that if Israel were to demolish the mosque, it would […]

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Palestinian parliament in which Hamas had majority dissolved in 2018

Original article (in Slovenian) was published on 25/10/2023; Author: Martin Justin The Palestinian Legislative Council, in which Hamas won a majority in 2006, has not convened since 2007 and was dissolved by the Palestinian Supreme Court in 2018. The Nova24tv news portal ran an article on Hamas on October 10, 2023, claiming that the movement won […]

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Viral Images of Children Observing Bombings in Gaza are AI-Generated 

Original article (in Albanian) was published on 04/11/2023; Author: Pustina Patris Several images circulating online purportedly show Palestinian children looking at explosions in Gaza. Faktoje’s verification revealed that these images were generated by Artificial Intelligence (AI) software. ————————————————— As the bombings in Gaza continue into their fifth week, a number of unverified images circulate on social […]

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The video of the “fake CNN report” from Israel has been edited 

Original article (in Bosnian) was published on 26/10/2023; Author: Amar Karađuz A video clip claiming to be a fake CNN report from the Israel-Gaza border showing “fake Hamas attack on Israel” is making the rounds on social media. The video, posted on a Telegram channel on October 11, 2023, suggests that it’s a staged report on […]

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An Old Video From Egypt Circulated with False Claims of Victim-Faking in Gaza

Original article (in BCS) was published on 06/11/2023; Author: Marija Manojlović A video from 2013 depicting students in Cairo protesting while lying under white sheets has recently resurfaced on social media. Misleading descriptions have suggested that the video was captured in Gaza and is evidence of victim-faking. Published on October 30, 2023, a nearly two-minute video […]

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Putin did not “confirm sending the army to Palestine”

Original article (in Bosnian) was published on 17/10/2023; Author: Mladen Lakić Social media posts claim that the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, “confirmed sending the army to Palestine” after the escalation of the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Putin did not say that. On October 10, 2023, a video posted on TokTok claimed that […]