As the ceasefire between Hamas and Israel went into effect last week, the virtual flames on social media platforms also began decreasing.
The latest violence highlighted the fact that social media has come to play an increasingly significant role in molding, often affixing, the way people view one of the world’s longest-standing conflicts.
For Palestinians, social media has become an instrumental tool in garnering international support after a period in which their cause has been sidelined.
For Israelis, the platforms are used in an attempt to disseminate a side of the story often not seen in mainstream media.
For both, it is a new arena for blowing off steam.
The eleven-day conflict that ended on May 21 was accompanied by a steady stream of social media posts on TikTok, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter created by both sides.
The prolific use of social media, especially…