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Activism in the Social Media Age

4 days ago   |   By Pew Internet

This month marks the fifth anniversary of the BlackLivesMatter hashtag, which was first coined following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. In the course of those five years, BlackLivesMatter has become an archetypal example of modern protests and political engagement on social media: A new Pew Research Center analysis of public tweets finds the hashtag has been used nearly 30 million times on Twitter - an average of 17,002 times per day - as of May 1, 2018.
The conversations surrounding this hashtag often center on issues...
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