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PBS NewsHour Weekend  ·  Episode 699

Twitter and Tear Gas

Season: 1
Eps: 10

Social media has played a key role in organizing and getting protesters into the streets in the United States and countries all over the world in recent years, from the uprising in Iran in 2009 to the Arab Spring in 2011 to the post-election protests here in the U.S. With a single hashtag or a Facebook post, word of a march can spread like wildfire across the web. But as powerful as these tools can be, a new book, "Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest," argues there are also limits to how much digital technology can accomplish. NewsHour Weekend's Hari Sreenivasan spoke with its author Zeynep Tufekci.

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