Washington Post coverage: State-backed news sources and coronavirus
16 April 2020
Mona Elswah appeared on Al Hurra to discuss her research on Iranian computational propaganda campaigns:
“In a few minutes, you can create fake grassroots support for a government or for an idea to influence the public opinion… We found that the most-used Arabic hashtags in tweets originating from Iran targeted Saudi Arabia. The Arabic tweets aimed to represent Saudi Arabia negatively. This is part of the long-term cold war between Saudi Arabia and Iran.”
She was also interviewed on BBC World Service in a segment called “War of the Bots.” Watch the segment here.