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With the popularization of Twitter and other social websites, new protests have been called in to attention and prompted a wide array of opinions and controversy. Individuals can now instantly share their experiences amid the protests and news media outlets can now gather a variation of different views quickly.
Reporters are now not the only people equipped with the resources to convey stories a new age of citizen journalism has emerged. For the protests in Ferguson, people experiencing the protests firsthand, shared pictures, videos, and recreated what they witnessed as the protests formed. In addition, the use of social media has become a useful tool in determining possible witnesses, especially amid the controversies in Ferguson.
For the past month, twitter has been one of the primary modes of communicating and sharing events from Ferguson, Hong Kong, and other protests. Individuals worldwide, spanning from Palestine to the U.S have shared their views for the past few weeks and as a result, the general public has received a wide range of global opinions.
However, social media can also skew the views and perspectives on individuals as they see the scene unfold. One side of a protest may have not actively shared their views on a situation, and as a result, people might form one-sided opinions based on the information they have collected from Twitter.
Although citizen journalists play a crucial role in conveying opinions on controversial issues, media outlets often present the most accurate and objective views on situations that are controversial.