The use of twitter in connection to terrorism

27 April, 2017
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“By discovering the connections between tweeters that are linked together using replies or mentions, the study demonstrated the ability of Twitter to serve as a powerful tool to create a high degree of engagement in the peak of the conflict.”

About the attack in Stockholm Walid Al-Saqaf writes:
”We were inspired by the #OpenStockholm tag that emerged in reaction to the terrorist attack, allowing people to feel that they could offer help to those who need a place to stay at a time when public transportation was in lockdown. The fact that this was a genuine public reaction purely via Twitter is quite a strong indicator of how powerful such tools could be in the aftermath of violent events like a terrorist attack.
Using Mecodify, I found that the hashtag #OpenStockholm was initiated by @vantasvart Jenny Nguyen with a Swedish tweet "Kan vi samla alla som öppnar upp sina hem i Stockholm under en hashtag? #openstockholm ?" and had triggered a viral reaction with well over 85,000 tweets and retweets using the hashtag. This could be a good way to showcase how our methodology can track tweets and see how this hashtag emerged and got conveyed and used just like I did with the Garissa attack.”

Christian ChristensenWalid Al Saqaf 

Christian Christensen       Walid Al-Saqa

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