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.
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.
After winning the Republican nomination for president of the United States, Donald Trump has vowed to "win big." However, many users on social media would beg to differ. This week's episode of Follow The Hashtag has the details.
The EU referendum has divided the UK and many young Brits say they would rather remain in the EU. Many who were too young too vote fear that they will bear the brunt of the decision made by an older generation. At the same time, some voters like journalist James O'Malley, are trying to think up ways to to turn the decision around. Find out how in this episode of #FollowTheHashtag
Abdalaziz Alhamza is a Syrian refugee living in Berlin. After bombs destroyed his hometown of Aleppo, he decided something needed to be done to stop the airstrikes. With #AleppoIsBurning he has helped create a digital campaign of awareness. Follow Carolina Machhaus as she traces the beginnings of this protest movement from Twitter to the streets in Europe.
Europeans living in the UK are giving out hugs to show how much they want Britain to stay in the EU. But is the feeling mutual? Jan Bruck went to London to talk to Brits about the Brexit and find out if any of them would hug a European. Follow him as he traces the hashtag and the digital discussion.