Remember the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge of 2014? It was when people across the world poured a bucket of ice water over their heads and posted it on social media, before encouraging other people to do the same and donate to the ALS Association. This is one of the biggest instances of online social activism, and it led to a major breakthrough in research regarding ALS, also known as motor neuron disease. It was also an example of how social platforms can gather people together for a shared cause, something we’ve also seen in recent years with #MeToo and the Women’s March in the wake of the Trump election. Yet, with the social media scandals we’ve faced in recent months, most notably the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica drama, it’s easy to forget that good can come from the online world. Young people haven’t forgotten this, however. According to a new report by think tank Demos, supported by Facebook, the youth of today believe that social platforms are essential for achieving social change and are actively using networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to do this. The report, named Plugged In, features polling from 2,000 16-25-year-olds across the country and interviews with… Read full this story
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