How the murder of a Russian official went massively viral on Facebook

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Warning: This post contains a graphic image that some readers may find disturbing.

If you have an iconic image on your hands, forget the front page: You’re posting it on Facebook.

That’s exactly what the Associated Press did Monday, shortly after the assassination of Andrey G. Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey. A young man shot the official to death at an art exhibit in Ankara, and the AP’s Burhan Ozbilici captured the entire violent incident. 

Less than two hours after the news broke, the AP’s official account for images on Facebook shared a photograph of the gunman, arm raised in triumph, standing over Karlov’s body. Read more…

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