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Social media in the wake of the Woolwich attack

I was invited to Arise News to discuss the impact of social media following the attack in Woolwich earlier this week.

The alleged terrorists encouraged members of the public passing by to take photos and videos of them and the immediate aftermath of the attacks.

Social media has been used all over the world by terrorists and terror organisations to promote their ‘messages’ over the past few years, particularly on YouTube.  But spreading a message which appeals to a young and disenchanted audience is increasingly simple over the internet.  However, in Africa in particular, where organised communication is almost exclusively restricted to larger cities, the challenges remain.

Following the London attacks, two men have been arrested separately for promoting racial and religious hatred on Twitter.

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