alexa How Twitter May have helped Nigeria contain Ebola
Social & Political Sciences

Social & Political Sciences

Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

Author(s): Meg Carter

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“Social media is the fastest means of population feedback in the 21st century and provides cheap two-way information [sharing],” says Lawal Bakare, the Nigerian dentist who created the Twitter campaign @EbolaAlert. And sharing information through links to its original form lends it credibility, he added. Bakare launched @EbolaAlert in July to recruit volunteers, disseminate accurate information, and facilitate discussion. Within a few weeks, he had 76 000 followers, though on some days Bakare thinks that messages were shared among considerably more people.1

This article was published in BMJ and referenced in Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

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