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In crises, officials tweet crucial info. What if Twitter dies?

By Reis Thebault

19 Nov 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

Even as obituaries are being written about Twitter, this nuanced WaPo story highlights how Twitter's utility in emergency situations though important, isn't irreplaceable.

LOS ANGELES - Kate Hutton was watching a Dodgers game one Friday night when she saw something strange in the outfield: The foul poles swayed, her TV feed trembled.

The city emergency management coordinator knew immediately what was afoot, and she knew L.A.'s 4 million residents would have questions. So she tweeted.

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