The post Stanley Cup riot in Vancouver will arguably go down in Canadian history as the most covered via social media. The tens of thousands of people in the downtown core, during the game and in the midst of the mayhem, covered the events with mobile devices – taking high resolution photos and video.
In the wake, numerous Facebook and Tumblr pages have been set up where users can post pictures with a goal of identifying perpetrators – including people tipping cars, setting storefronts on fire and attacking police. On Youtube, hundreds of videos have been uploaded – one of which has received over 100 000 views.
The wealth of information will be useful to the police, but it raises an interesting question. While publicly operated CCTV and private security cameras are less obvious, those who instigated the riots, started fires and attacked others, must have been aware of the hundreds of people filming in the immediate area. Yet the threat of exposure did not act as a deterrent.
The Riots – Twitter Stream