Reed continued, “Twitter users reporting on criminal activities in Mexico need to be aware of their own safety when posting, organized crime may not be able to stop reporting as a whole but criminals would not hesitate to target specific individuals as opportunities arise. Anonymity with social media is relative, not absolute; there’s always a chance for an ‘anonymous’ user to be targeted.” said Reed.
Local movements against organized crime have also benefited from the options Twitter provides. In the state of Coahuila, an organization that associates itself with the group Anonymous (@YourAnonNews), has waged a battle against corrupt politicians and the drug cartel Zetas. The group has vowed to expose those living among them as the criminals that they are.
A brief interview of the spokesperson of Anonymous FREE ACUNA (@FreeAcuna) showed the group is very adamant about using Twitter in the fight against corruption. “Twitter is important in Mexico, because our media has been compromised. Since TELEVISA and TV Azteca are in bed with the PRI and the PRI in bed with the narcos, we will never get the truth from television or print media. Therefore Twitter makes us mobile citizen journalists. It is the only true form of journalism that we have.”
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