How to Twitter a tragedy

SLIDESHOW: Truth-seeking, Viagra ads and bad-taste jokes all played their part in tweets about the Russian nightclub fire.

Hayley Watson

Topics Science & Tech

On Saturday 5 December, a fire swept through a nightclub in the Russian city of Perm, killing over 100 people.

In this slideshow, Hayley Watson, a PhD researcher into social-networking and politics, explores how Twitter was used to report on, explain and find meaning in the fire.

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Hayley Watson is a PhD student in sociology at the University of Kent and a research associate of Changing Perceptions on Security and Interventions (CPSI).

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