The new role of social networks
Social Networks allow a global connexion and they are used by social movements. It was already clear during the Arab Spring in 2011, when people used Facebook to organise social protests, also during the 15M movement in Spain or the Occupy movement in USA. Recently, the 1st of october proved the networks capacity during the catalan referendum, and nowadays, social networks are demostrating its force in Iran.
The police actions images shared online marked the 1st of October. Images of injured people, videos of the police confiscating ballot boxes and images of the people who were defending the polling stations. People who were at polling stations shared all these images and those were used by dozens of mass media in order to explain what was happening in Catalonia.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) 1 de octubre de 2017
Nowadays, it is possible to see the force of internet in Iran where after some demostrations convocated by Telegram against the Iran government, the authorities restricted social networks access with the goal of “controlling the call of the illegal demonstrations”, according to El Periodico.
Internet is acquiring an important role. It is such as one more actor in the society and in fact, Internet is difficult to control. Activists, journalists and business are getting use to use it to inform and organize themselves although it still is not clear how government will control the power of networks.