Who to follow to stay up-to-date on #Ferguson

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Taylor Hatmaker

Internet Culture

Published Aug 14, 2014   Updated Mar 1, 2020, 11:28 pm CST

As Ferguson, Mo., enters the sixth night following the death of unarmed teen Michael Brown, social media is just about the only way to keep up with what’s happening on the ground. Major news networks have been widely criticized for their failure to provide live coverage of the events surrounding Brown’s death, but a number of other professional and citizen journalists have stepped up to fill the gap.

After widespread criticism of its aggressive, unwarranted crowd control tactics, the St. Louis County police department will step down today. Tensions around the police presence in Ferguson escalated on Wenesday as the St. Louis County police force fired tear gas, rubber bullets, and LRAD sound cannons on peaceful protesters.

As the local and Internet communities push for answers six days after his death, the name of the officer who killed 18-year-old Michael Brown remains unknown. Communities across the country are now rallying around the hashtag #NMOS14, organized by @FeministaJones, for local vigils, listed here (the Google Doc may not be up to date, so search Twitter for #NMOS14 and your city or state to find for more details on local events).

As Wednesday night demonstrated, Twitter is the best way to track what’s going on in Ferguson in real time, but two livestreams—Infowars and KARG Argus Radio—managed to stay up even as those filming fled plumes of tear gas, and will likely be back online Thursday night. For who to follow on Twitter, we’ve embedded a selection of hand-picked accounts.

We also suggest this list, compiled by Daily Dot contributor Dell Cameron. And for an even more in-depth look, try the Reddit livefeed for Ferguson news and scanner reports.

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*First Published: Aug 14, 2014, 3:55 pm CDT