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Social media, Hashtag activism and its impact on protests

The activism on social media has taken on an interesting shape and form showing a lack of tolerance of hate speech. Users have become quick to call out racism and white privilege, often targeting users who displays such intolerance.

John Maytham (standing in for Kieno Kammies) spoke to Dave Duarte, looking at how Twitter and social media is used to amplify the perceived size of protests, severity of the violence, and the outrage.

On social media, we tend to surround ourselves with world views that reflect our own mostly. It's called a 'filter bubble'.

Dave Duarte, Social Media expert and Founder of Treeshake

We also tend to pick up on the most sensational news events. If it bleeds, it leads. This is especially true for social media. because the kind of things we pick up on a crowded timeline tend to be things that provoke the most emotional reaction.

Dave Duarte, Social Media expert and Founder of Treeshake

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