Monday, 29 September 2014

Another Twitter Protest Case Study: Hong Kong


The current protests in Hong Kong are giving us another case study to see how twitter mobile usage and retweeting are becoming tools of modern protest.  Above is a map of the levels of tweeting from 1 KM radius of the site, and below you see the actual tweets coming fem the area.

One of the things that make this interesting in Hong Kong is that users are well informed about security, and though twitter is active we see not as much tweeting as at a Taxim Square, reports say users are opting for Firechat to hide their identity from Chinese authorities.  If true the days of using Twitter to spy on protests in much of the world may be numbered.

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