A Twitter lifeline in Hurricane Sandy's darkest hour

Millions of US residents turned to Twitter during Hurricane Sandy as a part-newswire, part-911 hotline service. But the social media also reared its darkside, giving pranksters a platform for misinformation and rumours.

As Hurricane Sandy pounded the US Atlantic coast on Monday night, knocking out electricity and Internet connections, millions of residents turned to Twitter as a part-newswire, part-911 hotline that hummed through the night even as some websites failed and swathes of Manhattan fell dark.

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