Social Media's Affect In National Tragedies

5:18 PM, Jan 27, 2014   |    comments
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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Three public shootings in one week in three different states.

Tuesday, Jan. 21 a gunman shot at killed 21 year-old Andrew Boldt, on Purdue University's campus.

Friday, Jan. 24 police believe Justin Bernard Singleton opened fire on South Carolina State University's campus.

20-year-old Brandon Robison was killed outside a SC State University Hugine Suites. 

Saturday, Jan. 25 a gunman killed 2 people inside a Maryland mall. The gunman also died. 

With all the shootings, WFMY News 2 asked a social media expert, if these shootings are becoming more common or if social media outlets make it seem like they're happening more often.

WFMY News 2 talked to a social media expert and owner of Experience Farm Danielle Hatfield. 

"Regardless of what happens in national spot light good or bad, social media helps us spread the info much quicker," Hatfield said. "So it can feel like we're being deluged with all this information." 

Hatfield also said social media can be a good and bad thing during a crisis.

Many people use social media as a coping tool to reach out to those in need. 

However, Hatfield suggests before spreading any information about an incident to double check the facts. 

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