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November 2, 2011 / Dan Whipple

This may not be the killer app they had in mind

The Kenyan army is using Twitter to warn residents of ten Somali towns that they will be attacked “fiercely and continuously.”

Kenya invaded Somalia last month to try to stop kidnapping and violence along their shared border. Kenya says the kidnappings have been carried out by the militant Islamist group al-Shabaab, a charge that al-Shabaab denies. Al Shabaab controls most of southern Somalia.

The Washington Post reported yesterday that Twitter has launched a new service, “Twitter Stories,” to “share a handful of stunning ways that the micro-blogging service has made a positive impact on people’s lives.” I’ll be surprised if this one is included.


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