Social media has the power to unite and link people around the world. During the #Blacklivesmatter protests in America, Twitter became the platform used to unite all people from around the world to one very big topic. Twitter was used in order to bring pressure and light on a number of shooting that had been taking place around America to unarmed, innocent black lives.
In July 2013 the trial of George Zimmerman who had shot dead a 17-year old African American Trayvon Martin while he was unarmed on his way back from a convenience store was where the black lives matter hashtag was created. Using the hashtag allowed and encouraged people to speak out on Twitter and other platforms about their experience and their outrage over these issues.
Again, another incident happened where 18-year old Michael Brown was shot dead by an officer in Ferguson. The officer fired 12 rounds at Brown even though he was unarmed. Again protests broke out on the day of the shooting, which started riots and a freedom ride under the black lives matter hashtag and campaign.
The movement used to unite people and inform people about the black lives matter campaign is powerful. Social media plays a very big part in these situations, where it becomes a tool that people use to find out information from as well as inform others. “Social media could serve as a source of live, raw information. It could summon people to the streets and coordinate their movements in real time”
From across the world, people know about the issue and want to help the people in need in a way, and social media allows for this to happen.
- Day, E. (2016) #BlackLivesMatter: The birth of a new civil rights movement. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/19/blacklivesmatter-birth-civil-rights-movement (Accessed: 23rd September 2016).
- Stephen, B. (2015) How black lives matter uses social media to fight the power. Available at: https://www.wired.com/2015/10/how-black-lives-matter-uses-social-media-to-fight-the-power/ (Accessed: 23rd September 2016).