It only took a relatively small number of Twitter accounts to get hashtags #DictatorDan and #DanLiedPeopleDied trending. And “bots” weren’t really a part of the story.
Small groups of fringe activists pushing online disinformation are a growing threat to Australian democracy.
From its beginnings as a geeky tool to deal with a fragmented information stream, Twitter made the hashtag a new and powerful part of the world’s cultural, social and political vocabulary.
Hospitals have requested that people avoid non-emergency visits, and conspiracy theorists are posting images of empty parking lots online as false proof that COVID-19 is an elaborate hoax.
Online social movements are not leaderless. On the contrary, leadership duties are often assumed by identifiable individuals committed to doing leadership work.
For many gay men, social media and dating apps are hotbeds of body image struggles and rising toxic masculinity – the recent ‘10-year-challenge’ on Instagram showcases this femmephobia.
When news stories include a catchy hashtag, readers perceived the news topic to be less socially important and more partisan.
It looks as if the Conservative P\arty has learned from the way Labour targeted the youth vote in 2017.
‘Phatic sharing’ reclaims Twitter as a truly social network, rather than simply as a source of breaking news or a place for public debate between politicians, journalists, and activists.
For those who still consider memes like the #10yearchallenge as harmless and innocent information sharing perhaps it’s time to reconsider.
How can a hashtag supportive of refugees be hijacked by those opposing them? An empirical study explores the process.
From #MeToo to #RefugeesWelcome, add a hashtag and the world will listen. Shame they’re not always used for good.
Social media campaigns such as #PrayForNice have been accused of being discriminatory for focusing on Western attacks, but research shows that familiarity and location are more relevant.