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Protest Movements, Social Media, and the Role of Law Enforcement

Protest Movements, Social Media, and the Role of Law Enforcement
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Author(s): Kanika Panwar (Sardar Patel University of Police, Security, and Criminal Justice, Jodhpur, India)and Vikas Kumar Sihag (Sardar Patel University of Police, Security, and Criminal Justice, Jodhpur, India)
Copyright: 2023
Volume: 14
Issue: 1
Pages: 13
Source title: International Journal of Information Systems and Social Change (IJISSC)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: John Wang (Montclair State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/IJISSC.314590

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Abstract

From the Iranian green movement (2009) through the London riots (2011) and the recent anti-hijab protests in Iran, protest movements have been accompanied by considerable social media activity globally. Social media users have been involved in the quick production and distribution of audio-visuals online with protest hashtags, rumors, and sometimes fabricated information. The impact of these movements demonstrates that social media can potentially play an important role in organizing large-scale socio-political events, posing a challenge for law enforcement agencies. This research aims to evaluate and analyze the use of social media for mass mobilization throughout significant protest movements from 2010 to 2022, as well as to investigate the use of social media as a tool by LEAs. This exploratory research examines the theoretical and empirical research on the use of social media for mass mobilization, social protests, and the involvement of law enforcement authorities. The discussion has shown that social media does not drive protest movements but offers momentum to them.

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