But for people less fortunate, in a more harrowing state of barely living a normal life, say in Egypt; Syria; Libya; Tunisia; even Brasil, recently, Twitter’s absence isn’t an annoying thing, it’s potentially catastrophic. For millions of people in countries around the world upended by the horrors of war and civil unrest, Twitter has been a veritable lifeline, the only practical means of easily communicating en masse; the only way to coordinate groups of people; the only way to push forward with life to make each day a new day worth fighting for, to make each day better than the previous.
Today’s Dyn DDoS attack: you wanted a world without Twitter? You got it. Enjoy.
Marc Hoag
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I can attest to this, and you need not go further than a few miles south of the border: In the state of tamaulipas where drug cartel violence has all but surpassed authorities, leaving every day innocent citizens vulnerable to stray bullets and at high risk of becoming collateral damage, people started opening twitter accounts to warn others where gunfire was heard, and that alone is he only reason many people are alive today.

However this cuts both ways. It’s well known that the cartels use twitter, Whatsapp and other social networks, (whom I will not mention but their name starts with “Face” and rhimes with “book”) , for their lookouts and sentinels (mostly kids with a bike and a cell phone) to constantly report the whereabouts of law enforcement and military patrols, so the drug lords know we’ll in advance when and where to expect raids.

Also, it is well documented how they shifted from sending threats and messages to rival cartels through folk music or rapper’s songs, and just post horrifying photos and messages directly on these services…

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