Gabby Jeffs- Social Media for Social Justice

Social Media has been the target of cruel judgement lately. It has been wrongly judge for being pointless and a waste of time. There are a number of people who use social media as a way of creating change and social justice.

Many websites including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have over 1,000,000 people using them. With this many people using it new information spreads quickly. This year many people all over the world have tweeted, instagrammed or Face-booked the #FreeKesha. Helping the singer/ song writer Kesha after she was sexually assaulted by her record producer Dr Luke. As a large amount of people also use filters on these apps to support others. An example of this is the 26 million Facebook users who changed their profile pictures rainbow to support gay marriage. These 26 million people chose to change their profile pictures as support for the LGBTQ community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer).

One of the biggest media trends on all of the sites was the ALS ice bucket challenge in 2014. The ALS disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) affects the cells of the brain and spinal cord. The challenge was brought out for donations to the organisation. The millions of people who tried the ice bucket challenge experienced what it is like to have the disease as you feel the numbness, cramps and twitches. The challenge was worldwide as people did the challenge and uploaded it on their social media pages and donated money to the organisation. On YouTube there was about 2,330,000 videos on the ice bucket challenges. From July 26th to August 26th 2014 they raised 85 million dollars for the organisation. This averages to 35 dollars per second. Social Media was one of the main causes of awareness to the organisation and disease.

Social media is a huge part of our society these days. It is used for more than just funny videos and selfies. It helps raise awareness for the important issues all around the world. Social media promotes social justice for our universe.


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