As the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag turns 5 years old, a look at its evolution on Twitter and how Americans view social media's impact on political and civic engagement
A majority of Republicans say technology firms support the views of liberals over conservatives and that social media platforms censor political viewpoints. Still, Americans tend to feel that these firms benefit them and – to a lesser degree – society.
Lee Rainie discussed the Center's latest findings about how people use social media, how they think about news in the Trump Era, how they try to establish and act on trust and where they turn for expertise in a period where so much information is contested.
Lee Rainie gave this speech about the new age of politics and media at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida on Feb. 16, 2017. He described what Donald Trump's campaign and the dawn of the Trump presidency have taught us about the historic shifts in politics and media that have occurred in the last generation.
Americans used President Obama's "We the People" online petitioning system to address health care, veterans’ issues and illnesses among other issues. But the impact of petitions was modest and varied.
Some Americans enjoy the opportunities for political debate and engagement that social media facilitates, but many more express resignation, frustration over the tone and content of social platforms.
28% of registered voters use their cell phone to follow political news, and 16% follow political figures on social media.
Pew Research findings on the state of social media and its impact on grassroots and advocacy
Online traditional political activities are most popular among the well-educated and the financially well-off
The well-educated and the well-off are more likely than others to participate in civic life online, just as those groups have always been more likely to be active in politics and community affairs offline.