‘Bashar’ Al-Assad’s regime is using Twitter to organize and coordinate humanitarian data collection, data analysis
By ALEXANDER LUMBOTA The Associated Press The Syrian regime is not only using Twitter, it’s also using social media to coordinate its operations, according to a senior intelligence official who requested anonymity.
The intelligence official said Syrian authorities are not only tracking the tweets of al-Assad and his supporters, they’re also trying to identify the people and groups they support, including by monitoring their use of social media, using their phone numbers and email addresses, and the frequency with which they post or retweet news stories, photos and videos, according in an analysis of tweets and posts.
A Syrian opposition group monitoring the use of Twitter said in a report last week that government supporters in Syria were using the platform to communicate.
The official said that since 2011, the regime has used Twitter to coordinate the actions of its troops and its security forces and to coordinate their actions with social media and other tools.
Twitter declined to comment.
A second senior intelligence officer with knowledge of the use said he has seen accounts linked to the regime’s military and security services using Twitter as a way to coordinate military operations and coordinate with its supporters, according.
He declined to name the accounts or provide any evidence of coordination.
Twitter is not the only tool the regime is exploiting.
The regime has also used social media outlets like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to organize rallies and social events, the intelligence official told the AP.
Twitter also has become a major tool for the regime to coordinate with other social media platforms, the official said.
The U.S. State Department last week said the regime of Bashar al-Asad, Syria’s current president, is using a variety of social networks, including Twitter, to coordinate operations.
U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said the Syrian government was using Twitter in a way that could “give them leverage and leverage them on the ground.”
The U.”s State Department also said the government is using its official media outlets, as well as other social networks like Facebook and Instagram, to influence the social media landscape.
The State Department said in its annual State of the Union address that the regime was using its social media accounts to influence foreign governments and governments around the world.
The United Nations Security Council voted last week to sanction Syrian President Bashar al -Asad for his role in the deadly bombing of a Damascus airport in April 2013 that killed more than 80 people.
Assad has been fighting the U.n.-backed uprising in Syria since 2011.
The Assad regime has denied responsibility for the bombing.
It has said it carried out the bombing because it opposed the U to Syria’s revolution, but that it killed the U-2 spy plane that was carrying aid to Syria.