What makes a topic go viral? How do people respond to a trending hashtag? Can Twitter activism make a difference in real life? These are some of the questions DW addresses in the video series Follow the Hashtag.
Follow DW's team of social media reporters as they trace trending hashtags back to their origins; speak with the people behind viral campaigns and find out what inspired them to raise their voice, launch a discussion and start a movement to change things in the here and now.
Could you survive without the internet? In Cameroon, "internet refugees" have to travel within their own country just to log on. The government has cut off access to its Anglophone region for two months as the conflict between French- and English-speaking zones escalates.
One in five women are sexually assaulted while in college in the United States. Yet many universities fail to take action when sexual assault is reported. Two women have launched a social media campaign to demand an apology from the institutions that failed them.
"I’m supposed to be in class learning. But instead I’m fighting," says a high school girl protesting against institutionalized racism in South Africa. Check out our new Follow the Hashtag episode and see how high school girls fight for equality.