Social media

Everybody’s soapbox

Print edition : May 25, 2018

At a bus shelter in Visakhapatnam, a file photograph. According to one estimate, there were 281.81 million mobile phone Internet users in India in 2016; by 2022 this number is expected to grow to 492.68 million. Photo: K.R. DEEPAK

The police stop a group of youths who tried to close down shops at the Saphalyam complex in Thiruvananthapuram on April 16 while protesting against the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua near Jammu. The hartal was organised using social media. Photo: S. MAHINSHA

At the Marina beach in Chennai on January 18, 2017, protesting against the ban on jallikattu. Social media has played a positive role in the fight for justice and democracy in a variety of contexts. Photo: G. SRIBHARATH

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