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GV Face: Retweeting Terrorists? The Westgate Mall Attacks

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Human Rights, Technology, War & Conflict, GV Face

Social media played a major role in the dissemination of news about the terrorist attack on Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, but unverified information spread with lightning speed, including from government, terrorists, journalists and citizens on Facebook and Twitter.

What does this tell us about the quest for truth in the aftermath of this devastating attack on Kenyan citizens?

Does it even matter what the media report, when anyone who wants the real story seeks out hashtags on Twitter?

GV's Sub-Saharan Africa authors – Omar Mohamad (@shurufu [1] ) and Collins Mbalo (@collinsom92 [2]) answered these questions and more in our Google Hangout series GV Face on Friday, September 27, 2013.