Lately, it seems that we can’t quite agree on anything — from immigration, to national security, and environmental protection. But what about when we used social media to unite? 

Here are 5 Times Internet Activism Changed the World:

1. Black Lives Matter

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The movement began in 2013 after George Zimmerman was acquitted for the shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin. Since then, Black Lives Matter has been organising protests against police brutality against black people as well as tackling broader issues such as racial inequality in the United States criminal justice system.

 

2. Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality

Net neutrality — the principle that Internet service providers shouldn’t be allowed to favor or block particular products or websites, allowing access to all content and applications regardless of the source– has been an issue for policy makers and Cable providers since the 1990s. But it wasn’t unti 2014 when a single segment on John Oliver’s ‘Last Week Tonight’ went viral that the public became aware of plans of blocking parts of the internet — and take to the internet to revolt.

 

 

3. Marriage Equality

Love Wins

When the US and Ireland legalized same sex marriage in 2015, #LoveWins was used over 284,730 times in the first hour following the law, and a whopping 26 million people took to Facebook to show their support by adding rainbow filters to their profile pictures.

 

4. Worldwide Refugee Crisis

World Refugee Crisis

In 2015, the consequences of the wars in the Middle East spread to the rest of the world, in what resulted as the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War. When Europeans and humans rights activists started seeing pictures of drowned Syrian children on their social media news feeds, they demanded that their governments open their doors. #RefugeesWelcome helped thousands of Syrians to find refuge.

 

5. Me Too Movement

#MeToo

The #MeToo hashtag became viral in October of 2017 to bring awareness of the widespread prevalence of sexual assault, especially in the workplace. Since then, changes are being made in workplaces and in Hollywood offices to change the shocking ‘norms’ of sexual assault and protect those affected.

 

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