How Police Tweets Created A D.C. Missing Girl Crisis

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It began with tweets from the Washington, D.C., police department in December: “CRITICAL MISSING” trumpeted an alert about a 13-year-old girl with a ponytail and pink slippers who was last seen outside her home. The siren echoed through cyberspace, retweeted 113 times, reposted by as many more on Instagram and Facebook. When the girl returned home hours later, that news was retweeted just 13 times, the Washington Post Want to read more? Please subscribe to The Crime Report!