The CIA thought stay-tweeting the bin Laden raid was a good suggestion

The CIA thought live-tweeting the bin Laden raid was a good idea

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Tweeting a historic occasion because it occurred may be enlightening, reminiscent of when the Historical past Channel reenacted the sinking of the Titanic. It supplies the context and time scale that you simply may miss studying a information story. Nevertheless, the CIA simply confirmed why this is not all the time a good suggestion. The company determined to recreate the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden by way of ‘reside’ tweets this weekend, beginning with the operation’s approval and ending with affirmation of the terrorist chief’s dying. It was alleged to be informative, however it ended up rubbing lots of people the flawed method… and it isn’t onerous to see what triggered that outrage.

Apart from the shortage of element (bin Laden’s dying boils right down to one obscure tweet), the very existence of the Twitter marketing campaign makes mild of a critical occasion that is nonetheless recent within the minds of many individuals. Bin Laden was finally chargeable for each killing hundreds of innocents and fostering hatred that continues to today. Is it actually a good suggestion to mark the anniversary of his dying in a string of social community posts? Very similar to some corporations’ sick-suggested makes an attempt to commemorate the Sept. 11 assaults, it comes throughout as capitalizing on a tragedy relatively than a honest, solemn reflection.

To mark the fifth anniversary of the Usama Bin Ladin operation in Abbottabad we’ll tweet the raid as if it have been occurring immediately.#UBLRaid

— CIA (@CIA) Might 1, 2016