Hong Kong Protests Hit 2.3 Million in TweetsPosted: October 2, 2014
Maya Pope-Chappell reports: There have been more than 2.3 million tweets related to the protests in Hong Kong since Sept. 27, according to Twitter data.
Though talk of the protests is still abuzz on the social network, the number of tweets has waned since Sunday’s crackdown by police, which saw more than 700 tweets per minute about the protests.
As photos of protesters using umbrellas to protect themselves against pepper spray and tear gas spread, the movement took on the name “Umbrella Revolution,” which also began appearing as a hashtag on Twitter and in Western media.
Though normally used to provide shelter from the sweltering heat of Hong Kong summers, the use of the accessory in the democracy protests puts a new twist on the umbrella’s history as a political symbol.
–Maya Pope-Chappell. Follow her on Twitter @mayaj
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