The benefits and drawbacks of social media have been debated since the technology was born. But in an emergency situation conditions change and security tightens, begging the question: Should there be restrictions placed on social media in a crisis situation?
Andrew Selepak, director of the social media master's program at the University of Florida thinks social media is actually a valuable tool during an emergency such as the recent Paris attacks.
Selepak told CNBC's "Power Lunch" on Friday that social media was the way people around the world found out about the events in Paris. Moreover, people on Twitter used the hashtag Porte Ouverte to inform others of safe places to go during the attacks.
"Safety Check on Facebook allowed people to let loved ones and friends know that they were safe, that they were OK," Selepak said. "Facebook and Twitter had such an important role in terms of just bringing people together after the event that I think suspending it would be not necessarily the best move in terms of public safety."