The social media response to Black Lives Matter: how Twitter users interact with Black Lives Matter through hashtag use

  title={The social media response to Black Lives Matter: how Twitter users interact with Black Lives Matter through hashtag use},
  author={Jelani Ince and Fabio Guillermo Rojas and Clayton A. Davis},
  journal={Ethnic and Racial Studies},
  pages={1814 - 1830}
ABSTRACT This paper focuses on the social media presence of Black Lives Matter (BLM). Specifically, we examine how social media users interact with BLM by using hashtags and thus modify the framing of the movement. We call this decentralized interaction with the movement “distributed framing”. Empirically, we illustrate this idea with an analysis of 66,159 tweets that mention #BlackLivesMatter in 2014, when #BlackLivesMatter becomes prominent on social media. We also tally the other hashtags… 
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