Why the Virginia shooting is being called the 1st ‘social media murder’

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Video of the killings was quickly circulated on social media, and so did a video recorded by the killer himself, who uploaded it to Facebook. The clips of on-air journalist Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward being gunned down while on their station’s morning show and filmed from two perspectives, including the killer’s, went viral. Gun homicides are not unusual in the United States, but what happened in Roanoke, Va., yesterday is rare — killings on live television that were then immediately posted on social media feeds.

 

 

  • Then, footage of the broadcast, essentially of the murders, spread on Twitter and Facebook.
  • Social media users were also making decisions about whether to share the video with their followers.
  • Some social media users expressed the day showed the best and worst possible uses of the platforms.

 

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