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Thomas Poell & José van Dijck

In: The SAGE Handbook of Social Media

Chapter 30: Social Media and New Protest Movements

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Social Media and New Protest Movements
Social media and new protest movements
Thomas PoellJosé van Dijck

From the Arab Spring to the Occupy movement and the Gezi Park protests, major contemporary protest movements have been accompanied by intense social media activity. Millions of social media users have become involved in the rapid and widespread production and circulation of activist materials, including everything from protest hashtags, second-hand rumours and photoshopped images, to first-hand eyewitness reports and video evidence. In January and February 2011, the opposition against the dictatorial regimes in Tunisia and Egypt especially used Facebook and text messaging to share reports on the events in the streets, while Twitter played a vital role in the transnational communication on these revolutions (Bruns et al., 2013; Lim, 2012; ...

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