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Social Media Plays Mixed Role in Baltimore Unrest

The unrest in Baltimore once again demonstrated that social media is a double-edged sword, serving as a fast medium to spread both helpful information and potentially destructive misinformation, experts say. From calls to violence to acts of kindness, platforms like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook lit up with real time reports from Baltimore’s enraged streets. “Social media makes everything messy,” said Janet Johnson, a social media researcher at the University of Texas in Dallas,...

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