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Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Power of Social Media was at Center of The Terrorist Attack

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Maybe the strongest statement about the power of social media was made when the pope signed on to Twitter this year for the first time ever. Social media also played a significant role in international affairs, when cellphone images showed what appeared to be a chemical weapons attack in Syria.

Social media was at the center of the terrorist attack in Kenya's Westgate shopping center. Anyone with a cellphone can now go global as events unfold. Social media became a major player during moments of crisis this year.

After the Boston Marathon bombing, police turned to social media for help in capturing the bombing suspects. People stepped up, which was both a blessing and a curse. Social media users misidentified several people, including Brown student Sunil Tripathi, who was missing at the time, as the suspected bombers.

But in another instance of false identification, Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o learned a hard lesson this year when he revealed that the woman he met online and fell in love with didn't actually exist.

Taking "selfies" and posting them to social media was all the rage this year. Some of the memorable selfies included Geraldo Rivera's topless shot, Chelsea Clinton's photo with her mom, Hillary Clinton, and a student's selfie with his teacher about to give birth. Even Malia and Sasha Obama got into the action and posed for a selfie together while their mother, Michelle Obama, looked on.

One of the biggest social media stories this year came from former National Security Administration contractor, Edward Snowden, who claimed to have stolen tens of thousands of confidential and classified documents from the NSA's internal computer system.
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