Course: National & International Current Affairs-I (5633)                                          

Semester: Autumn, 2022      Level: M.Sc (Mass Communication)  ASSIGNMENT No.2

Q.3 Define the term hybrid warfare. How is social media used a weapon of mass manipulation to gain vested interest by different countries? Provide some relevant examples in this regard.

Hybrid warfare is a type of warfare that employs a combination of conventional and unconventional tactics, including military, economic, diplomatic, cyber, and propaganda methods, to achieve strategic objectives. This type of warfare is designed to blur the lines between war and peace, making it difficult for traditional military forces to respond effectively.

Social media is increasingly being used as a weapon of mass manipulation in hybrid warfare. Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube can be used to spread propaganda, sow division and unrest, and manipulate public opinion. This type of weaponization of social media is often referred to as “information warfare.”

There are several examples of countries using social media as a weapon of mass manipulation. One example is the Russian government’s use of social media to influence the 2016 US presidential election. Russian hackers and trolls used social media platforms to spread false information and propaganda designed to sway the election in favor of Donald Trump. This campaign included the creation of fake social media accounts, the spreading of fake news stories, and the use of bots to amplify certain messages.

Another example is the Chinese government’s use of social media to spread disinformation and propaganda about the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chinese government has used social media platforms to spread false information about the origin of the virus and to promote its own response to the pandemic. This campaign has been designed to portray China as a responsible global leader in the fight against the virus, while undermining the efforts of other countries to contain its spread.

In both of these cases, social media has been used as a weapon of mass manipulation to gain vested interests by different countries. This demonstrates the power of social media as a tool for influencing public opinion and shaping the outcome of global events.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top