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Open doors and fake news: how people used social media after the Manchester attack

In the minutes following the attack, users posted an average of 73.4 tweets per second

By Thomas Spielhofer  

Commuters in Manchester Piccadilly look at their smartphones. But how do people use social media in the wake of attacks? Photo:PA

The use of social media such as Twitter and Facebook soared last week after the Manchester terrorist attack.

A recent survey by the Tavistock Institute found that 85 per cent of adult UK citizens regularly use some form of social media, but that that usage increases exponentially during emergencies. Around a third of those polled said that they had used social media to find or share information during an…

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