Shortly after the massacre at the Westgate Mall in Kenya, the alleged terrorists, al-Shabab, began tweeting about their motivations from the now-suspended account @HSM_Press.
A handful of accounts, most tweeting in Arabic, cheered on the terrorist unit still inside the mall.
After tweeting a series of names of alleged gunmen still inside the Westgate Mall, a second account, @HSM_Press2, was quickly suspended by Twitter.
The al-Shabab Twitter accounts have been suspended twice already this year: Once when they posted pictures of a French soldier they killed and threatened to murder Kenyan hostages, and earlier this month after threatening Somalia's president.
As the hostage situation inside the mall continued, leaders and organizations from Kenya also used the social networking site to communicate new information and volunteer opportunities, and try to keep morale up.
David Kimaiyo, the inspector general of Police National Police Service, updated citizens and offered help to those still looking for family members.
Many of the accounts urged users not to speculate or spread information if it had yet to be confirmed, and not to share any photographs of the victims.
Devastated Kenyans turning to Twitter to express their grief embraced the hashtag #WeAreOne.
Rachel Zarrell is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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