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As fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants escalates on the ground, TikTok has become a forum for airing tensions. Once known primarily for viral dance trends, the video app has also become a key platform for sharing news. The Chinese-owned site has a vast, mostly younger audience, with an estimated million active Jerusalem girls guys users worldwide.

Footage of rocket fire over Israel, destruction in Gaza and Palestinian protests have all gone viral on the site. It has brought the conflict to people's phone screens around the world. But there are also concerns that it and other social media sites are spreading falsehoods or extremism.

This week's violence in Gaza and Israel is the worst since It came after weeks of rising Israeli-Palestinian tension in East Jerusalem, which culminated in clashes at a holy site revered by both Muslims and Jews. Hamas, the militant group that rules Gaza, began firing rockets after warning Israel to withdraw from the site, triggering retaliatory air strikes.

Even before the latest fighting broke out, tensions between Palestinians and Israelis have played out on TikTok. In April, a video of teenagers in East Jerusalem slapping two Orthodox Jewish boys on public transport went viral on the app. Police arrested two suspects the following week.

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TikTok removed the video for violating its community guidelines shortly afterwards. Protest clips also began to appear on TikTok. Users posted videos under the hashtag SaveSheikhJarrah, in reference to the threatened evictions of Palestinian families in a neighbourhood in East Jerusalem. Such videos are now being viewed and shared around the globe. So if you're posting something then the likelihood is it will be seen by a lot of people.

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Users of TikTok - as well as other social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter - are using the SaveSheikhJarrah hashtag alongside footage of clashes with Israeli security forces, as well as the situation on the ground in Gaza. One video allegedly showing people fleeing Israeli strikes in Gaza, posted under the hashtag by US-based news site Muslim, has more than 44 million views on TikTok.

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Another post by TikTok user Sabrina Abukhdeir - with more than 1. Supporters of Israel have also posted on TikTok. One video allegedly showing an Israeli soldier shielding a Palestinian woman from rocks thrown by Palestinian protesters has been viewed more than 1. It has 1. One video asking viewers "What would you do if this was your city? Dr Gabriel Weimann at Haifa University in Israel said there was a battle of "hearts and minds" online - and that as of now "it's not an equal war". This month a video went viral on both TikTok and Twitter showing Jews dancing and cheering while a tree burns in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem.

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Social media users claimed they were celebrating the destruction of the mosque. In reality, they were gathered to celebrate Jerusalem Day, and the mosque was not damaged in the fire. Israeli police said it was due to fireworks set off by Palestinian protesters, while demonstrators said it was due to stun grenades used by officers.

The executives of both companies promised to "act quickly and effectively to prevent incitement on their networks", according to Israel National News. Shaydanay Urbani works for First Draft News, an organisation set up to counter mis-and disinformation online. One of the most prominent examples - according to the New York Times - was Jerusalem girls guys shared widely of Palestinians allegedly faking a funeral.

The video was viewed hundreds of thousands of times on TikTok and seemed to show a group of people carrying a corpse on their shoulders before dropping it when a siren sounded, and the corpse springing into life and running away.

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But in fact, the New York Times said, the original video appeared over a year ago on YouTube with a caption saying it was a Jordanian family faking a funeral. TikTok has since also removed this video for breaching its community guidelines. Over injured in East Jerusalem clashes. Israeli police clash with Palestinians in Jerusalem. Scores injured in fresh clashes in Jerusalem.

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TikTok: How Israeli-Palestinian conflict plays out on social media