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In this edition: the online battle between Israel and Hamas; the "coal rolling" craze goes viral in the US; and Pyongyang demands the removal of an online video mocking Kim Jong-Un


ISRAEL AND HAMAS BATTLE ONLINE OVER PUBLIC OPINION
As fighting continues in the Gaza Strip, the Israel Defense Forces and Hamas have also taken their conflict to the web. The IDF and the Islamist group are employing all online means available to win over public opinion and convey their take on the current situation. 
The Israeli army is highly active on social networks and is using Twitter to share real time updates on the operations underway in Gaza. The messages are written in various languages, including English and French, and include debriefing reports, the names of soldiers killed in action and also posts denouncing terrorist acts committed by Hamas.
And as pictures can speak louder than words, the IDF has also been posting to Instagram, Flickr and of course YouTube, with images and videos of soldiers in action. The documents bear witness to the army`s ground offensive and also monitoring operations and targeted air strikes. The footage often comes with short commentaries describing the conditions under which it was filmed and hailing the bravery of Israeli soldiers. 
And Hamas is also busy online, in addition to its official website, the Islamist movement`s political wing also has a Twitter account, which is being used to boast about its military action against the Israeli army in Gaza, trying to intimidate the enemy, and also condemning the high death toll among Palestinian civilians. 
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