1. Skip to content
  2. Skip to main menu
  3. Skip to more DW sites
DW Shift Social Media und Terroranschläge
Image: Periscope/Jack Daniels

Social Media and Terrorist attacks

Yalda Zarbakhch
September 27, 2016

When terrorists attack or natural disasters strike, smartphone users often function as on-the-spot reporters. The information and images they post online can protect others, but could also serve to spread panic.


These informal social media reporters can cause problems - especially for the police. They might spread false reports and complicate the work of first responders. And un-edited live images of the police at work could inadvertantly help perpetrators or reveal information. Images and videos on social media also tend to perpetuate the attackers' fame long after the fact. 

Yalda Zarbakhch
Yalda Zarbakhch Head of DW Persian@yaldina
Skip next section Related topics
Skip next section DW's Top Story

DW's Top Story

Hands holding a rainbow flag

Russian law bans LGBTQ 'propaganda'

Skip next section More stories from DW
Go to homepage