At the “Social Media 4 Social Change” breakout session at the Power Women Summit on Friday, activist Sophia Bush, Twitter’s the global head of partnerships Lara Cohen and journalist Jessica Yellin discussed the ways poliatical conversation and activism has changed since the creation of social media platforms like Twitter.
Cohen pointed to viral hashtags like #MeToo, started by the activists Tarana Burke, as a powerful example of how social media can influence public conversation. “The movement lives on, the hashtag lives on,” she said, referencing how just this week, the story of actors and comedians rebuking Harvey Weinstein at an invite-only event this week made waves on social media.”
Cohen added, “Influence used to be something that happened when you were famous. Twitter has literally given everyone a microphone to start a conversation.”
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