Global Outlook: Social Media, Technology and Peacebuilding

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Global Outlook: Social Media, Technology and Peacebuilding

Using Social Media and #ENDSARS to Dismantle Nigeria’s Hierarchical Gerontocracy

By Medinat Abdulazeez Malefakis  |  29 January, 2021

On October 3 2020, a video of a Nigerian Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) attack on a victim began to spread on social media, showing a young man shot and SARS operatives driving away in a Lexus SUV. The attack sparked public outrage, and the #ENDSARS hashtag became the most popular Twitter trend in the world, garnering about 28 million tweets on the first weekend. Young people took to the streets, beginning on October 8 2020, to peacefully demand the abolition of SARS.

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