Viral phenomena are data files that are spread via the internet. They can be video clips, pictures, texts or a combination.
When shared on social media, viral content can spread rapidly. So-called Memes are the best-known example of viral phenomena.
Generation Z is going viral on TikTok — not only with dances and cat memes, but with videos about caring for the environment. One collective of young climate influencers called EcoTok is making fun, fast-paced videos about everything from foraging to biodiverse grass. They're gaining hundreds of millions of views on the popular video sharing app. But do they make a dent in the offline world?
Remember those jokes about "2020 vision"? Well a new study suggests that stay-at-home measures during that year may have caused irrevocable damage to children's eyes — and to ours, by extension. Also, how Germans feel about their country's faltering vaccination strategy, and the misleading video from inside a hospital that's been shared a quarter million times.
Mass protests erupted in Colombia after a viral video showed officers repeatedly tasering a civilian. The unrest, which has claimed over a dozen lives, prompted the defense minister to apologize on behalf of the police.