The new role of social networks
Social Networks allow a global connexion and its are used by social movements. It was already clear during the Arab Spring in 2011, when Facebook was used to organise social protests, alse during the movement called 15M and, recently, 1st of october it was demonstrated the capacity of networks during de catalan referendum, and nowadays, social networks are demostrating its force in Iran.
1st of October was marked by the police attacks images shared on internet. Images of injured people, videos of the police confiscating ballot boxes and images of the people who were defending the polling stations. All these images were published by the people who were at polling station and the images were used by dozens of mass media 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 demostreations convocated by Telegram against the iran government, the authorities restricted the access to social networks with the goal of “control the call of the illegal demonstrations”, according to El Periodico.
Internet is acquiring an important role. It is one more actor in the society and it is difficul to control it. Activists, journalist and business use it to inform, organize or make critics but it is not clear how government will control the power of the networks.