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ATC News by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome

THE MESS SOCIAL MEDIA NITWITS CAN CAUSE

(Posted 02nd February 2014)

While no one is presently certain why or from where the rumour was started in Nairobi yesterday, that British Airways would be halting flights from London to Nairobi over security threats and concerns, be it ill will, be it incompetence, be it even accomplices of Al Shabab trying to use the social media to spread their terror messages, it did not take long to have the timelines of Twitter and FB awash with the rubbish. From across the region did airlines report calls from passengers booked last night for flights to the UK after they were alarmed by the false information which spread like a mini tsunami on the social media networks.

Even well reputed individuals fell to this urban legend and re-tweeted the patently false information, even after radio stations, TV stations, the national airline Kenya Airways and…

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