'Last month, Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs released a report titled “The Big Scam.”
In it, the ministry claimed to have exposed “bots” and “fake accounts” allegedly used by Palestinians and their supporters during the boycott campaign against the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv.
Staffed by former Israeli spies, the ministry leads Israel’s “war” against BDS, the Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.
The report describes BDS campaigners’ supposed methods as “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” aiming “to create the appearance of an authentic and widespread campaign while hoping to manipulate public opinion.”
The ministry says that as a result of its reporting to Twitter, “dozens” of the accounts have been deleted.
But the report is a classic case of projection.
The description above would more accurately apply to the reality of what the ministry is doing around the world – a well-funded effort to fabricate the appearance of “grassroots” campaigns online.
In reality, the BDS movement’s websites have been attacked by botnets – networks of infected computers. Experts have traced such cases back to Israel.
The “Big Scam” report does not even get the basics right. Its definitions of “bot” and “troll” are so broad that they could be applied to almost any genuine Twitter account.
Rather than being entirely automated, bots “can also be an authentic person who ‘volunteers’ his or her profile for automated activity,” the report claims.'
Read more: Israel blames “bots” for Eurovision boycott
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