Media Matters articles

Social media and Sydney siege - from rumour mill to terrorist tool to unifying force

SYDNEY:For many of us the horror unfolding inside the Lindt Cafe played out on our smart phones as social media instantly transmitted information much of it false all day long. It threw into sharp focus just what a game changer new media is for everyone from police to perpetrators victims to witnesses.

Source: Connor Duffy | ABC | 16th September 2014

NSW Police Launch Independent Investigation for Sydney Siege

SYDNEY: The New South Wales Police launched an investigation into the Sydney siege on Tuesday, December 16, after three people died and four others were injured during a confrontation between the police and a hostage-taker inside a Martin Place cafe in Sydney’s CBD early on Tuesday morning.This video shows Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn at a press conference following the incident.

Source: Staff Writer | | 16th December 2014

Sydney siege shows social media is a risky business

SYDNEY: As the hostage crisis in Sydney came to a dramatic, deadly end, people were flooded with information…While traditional news outlets were briefed about what they should and should not report, it is much harder to keep tabs on social media. Speculation was rife on Twitter, photographs were posted from near the scene and people were sharing videos online of hostages held inside the Lindt cafe.

Source: Amy Grub | The Conversation | 16th December 2014

Lindt Australia Facebook

SYDNEY: We would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and kind support over the current situation at the Lindt Café at Martin Place. We are deeply concerned over this serious incident and our thoughts and prayers are with the staff and customers involved and all their friends and families. The matter is being dealt with by the authorities and we are waiting for any updates from them.

Source: Staff writer | Lindt Australia | 15th December 2014

Hostages Are Posting Demands Of The Gunman In Sydney Siege On Social Media

SYDNEY: Police monitoring are social media as part of their negotiations with the gunman holding 20 people inside the Lindt Cafe in Sydney’s CBD.

Source: Simon Thomsen | Business Insider | 15th December 2014

Muslim community 'shocked' by Sydney cafe siege, say 'misguided' individuals misrepresenting faith

SYDNEY: Sydney's Muslim community have said they are horrified by the Lindt cafe siege and are deeply concerned about individuals using spiritual realities for their "misguided political agendas".

Source: Mohamed Taha | ABC | 16th December 2014

7 Pieces of Social Media Advice From 2007 That Still Matter Today

NEW YORK: Even with all the changes the social media world has seen in the past seven years, there are still several basic pieces of advice that hold true.

Source: Krista Neher | | 14th November 2014

More Companies Monitoring Social Media for Adverse PR

NEW YORK:The proportion of corporate directors who say their companies are monitoring social media for “adverse publicity” (a gentle euphemism) has increased from 32% in 2012 to 41% today, according to the latest Corporate Directors Survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Source: Erik Sass | | 23rd September 2014

Scoop Becomes a Spoof

MELBOURNE: When a radio station didn't do vigorous checks on a notorious interview subject, they were left red faced.

Source: Paul Barry | ABC | 18th August 2014