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Messaging technology is helping fuel global protests: Here’s how

Some of the popular ones include secure messaging services like WhatsApp, Signal and Telegram,
which can encrypt messages and keep the chats private.

At a time when internet has brought the world together, a number of protests all around the world
have been using the different tools to not only communicate with one another, but also record
messages, videos and get their points across during the protests.

Some of the popular ones include secure messaging services like WhatsApp, Signal and Telegram,
which can encrypt messages and keep the chats private. Those apps, along with others for listening
to police scanners and recording video have seen an increase in the recent past.

“Reaching as many people as possible is the number one criterion for which platform someone is
going to use,” Steve Jones, a University of Illinois at Chicago media researcher who studies
communication technology told news agency AP.

Twitter, Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram have emerged as the easiest ways for people to
not only organize but also keep a tab and understand how the mass protests progress.
“I don’t want to support or be a part of something that is possibly supporting Trump and his racist,
hate filed spew,” said Sarah Wildman.

Wildman goes on to add that Instagram’s “live” function is used to find out what is happening during
protests, especially when protesters in the back might not know what's happening at the front.
The simplicity of shooting and sharing video has made it extremely easy to record instances of
violence which can spread to millions within moments. For instance, a simple smartphone video of
George Floyd’s death helped spark the broad outrage that led to the protests all across the United
States.

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