Benjamin Strick’s Twitter mentions were blowing up.
“I am bogged down with interviews at the moment,” the web developer told Poynter in a message Tuesday, a few hours before connecting on Skype. “I have a TV crew coming in about 10 minutes. I have no idea how long it will take.”
While exhausted by the attention, Strick said it was welcome. After all, it took three months to finish the in-depth, open-source investigation that he helped produce for the BBC.
The media requests (including this one) came after the news organization’s new investigative unit, Africa Eye, published the project in a Twitter thread Monday morning, racking up nearly 70,000 likes and more than 50,000 retweets as of this posting. The thread, which summarized a video report, outlined how a team of open-source investigators verified a video from sub-Saharan Africa that had gone viral on social media.
In July 2018, a horrifying video began to circulate on social media.
2 women & 2 young children are led away by a group of soldiers. They are blindfolded, forced to the ground, and shot 22 times. #BBCAfricaEye investigated this atrocity. This is what we found… pic.twitter.com/oFEYnTLT6z
— BBC News Africa (@BBCAfrica) September 24, 2018
The video depicts a group of soldiers escorting two women and two young children, all blindfolded. Then they’re forced to the ground and shot 22 times.
“We were — like everyone who saw it — appalled by the video of the killing,” said Daniel Adamson, a series
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