Social media’s role in reporting the Copenhagen shootings

Just after the shooting at a free-speech event at a café, officials and reporters tweeted information about what was happening. In the days since, social media has become fertile ground for debate.

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When a gunman opened fire on a crowd assembled at a Copenhagen café for an event titled “Art, Blasphemy, and the Freedom of Expression,” attendees at the event immediately began reporting on what was happening via Twitter.

For instance, here’s a very brief report from the French ambassador to Denmark:

Still alive in the room

— Frankrigs ambassadør (@francedk) February 14, 2015

Others tweeted photos of the café, which was riddled with bullet holes.

Bedre foto af skudhullerne i glasdørene til “Krudttønden”, hvor tre betjente blev ramt af skud

— Magnus Bjerg (@MagnusBjerg) February 14, 2015

Photos of the alleged shooter, who killed one person and injured three police officers at the cafe, and reportedly killed another person in a second incident, made their way to news sources:

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