Social Media’s Role in Facilitating Political Revolution

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2017-04-11
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Weinstein, David
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In recent years, a number of countries across the world have faced civil unrest that has led to political revolution. In many of these instances, social media websites have been pointed to by pundits as a tool used by activists to further their cause, however current research is still split as to the extent that social media helps to propagate political revolutions. This research is focused on determining how extensively social media has been used to further revolutionary causes. In order to determine social media’s role in political upheaval, this research will collect politically charged tweets from areas where major political protests took place on the days leading up to and proceeding the events. The tweets will then be analyzed to determine whether social media was being used to plan and organize demonstrations, and whether the information spread via social media contributed to unrests in areas separate from the locations of the original protests.

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