The Big Scam
How the BDS is Manipulating Social Media Against Eurovision 2019
A social media influence campaign to boycott the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Israel, was devised and spearheaded by the Ramallah-based Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and other local boycott organizations around the world. This influence campaign spread in part by fraudulent means - using hundreds of bots, fake accounts and trolls. This was done to create a false impression of a large-scale popular campaign aimed at pressuring European public broadcasters and artists participating in the Eurovision to boycott the contest in Israel. The increasing intensity of the deception campaign in recent months indicates that in all likelihood that the scope of activity will increase as the Eurovision approaches. It is possible that this campaign will also attempt to influence the results of the song contest.