Face­book is good for break­ing news

Computer Active (UK) - - Letters -

Thomas Stelling is right to say that peo­ple shouldn’t look to Face­book as a voice of au­thor­i­ta­tive news (Let­ters, Is­sue 503). News­pa­pers and TV sta­tions re­main, in my opin­ion, the most trusted sources. But Face­book is a good way to find out break­ing news, be­cause peo­ple of­ten write posts re­lat­ing to events that have just hap­pened. The ap­palling ter­ror at­tacks in Manch­ester and Lon­don were good ex­am­ples. On both evenings I checke checked my Face­book ac­count just be­fore goin go­ing to bed, and read peo­ple’s conc con­cern and con­fu­sion about what had hap­pened. That prompted me to turn on the TV, which I watched, horr hor­ri­fied, for a cou­ple of hours.

James May­hew

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