How Social Media Affected The Oregon Standoff

How Social Media Affected The Oregon Standoff
The FBI and Oregon State Police temporarily close a stretch of road near the Malheur Wildlife Refuge Headquarters near Burns, Oregon, on February 11, 2016. The FBI surrounded the last protesters holed up at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon amid reports they will surrender on Thursday, suggesting the weeks-long armed siege is approaching a climax. (Rob Kerr/AFP/Getty Images)
How Social Media Affected The Oregon Standoff
The FBI and Oregon State Police temporarily close a stretch of road near the Malheur Wildlife Refuge Headquarters near Burns, Oregon, on February 11, 2016. The FBI surrounded the last protesters holed up at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon amid reports they will surrender on Thursday, suggesting the weeks-long armed siege is approaching a climax. (Rob Kerr/AFP/Getty Images)

How Social Media Affected The Oregon Standoff

Residents near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon are expressing relief today. Julie Weikel told the AP that she posted “hallelujah” on Facebook because “I am so glad this is over.”

“Hallelujah” was also what the final holdout, David Fry, asked law enforcement to shout before he would surrender. We know that because the whole thing played out live online and on social media.

Here & Now’s Robin Young looks at how that affected the standoff with Mike Barry, head of audience at Guardian US.

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