St Petersburg supermarket blast injures at least 10 shoppers

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Interesting that a series of explosions in Russia are not declared acts of terrorism as quickly as they seemingly are in the West.
 

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Interesting that a series of explosions in Russia are not declared acts of terrorism as quickly as they seemingly are in the West.

Also it was only one week previous that the Putin and Russian's were thanking the CIA and the US intelligence agencies for helping to prevent a pre Christmas attack.

Looks like one group got through though.

Putin's response was quite telling, basically telling his security services to shoot on site and on suspicion.

They don't tend to have a press that goes over the top so much out there. Hence they take a bit more time to declare it a terror attack. That's my guess anyway.
 

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The old saying “Bad news sells” comes to mind. The more ‘outrageous’ the headline the more profit.

As seen recently with the advent of ‘social media’ a tweet about gunshots can lead to mass panic. You can even get fake news by foreign sources to justify a correspondent’s position being sent to a perceived ‘hot spot’.

The basic check via three independent sources regarding the validity of information tends to be overlooked when it comes to getting the headlines.
 

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The old saying “Bad news sells” comes to mind. The more ‘outrageous’ the headline the more profit.

As seen recently with the advent of ‘social media’ a tweet about gunshots can lead to mass panic. You can even get fake news by foreign sources to justify a correspondent’s position being sent to a perceived ‘hot spot’.

The basic check via three independent sources regarding the validity of information tends to be overlooked when it comes to getting the headlines.
A good example of this social media news phenomenon causing mass hysteria is illustrated quite well on the following thread on arrse about a non-incident at Oxford Circus escalated by Twitter: https://www.arrse.co.uk/community/threads/oxford-circus-incident.268488/

Good to know no-one in a position of international responsibility, such as POTUS reacts spontaneously on Twitter, eh? ;)
 
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