Not a TikTok War

28 Mar, 2022

Not a TikTok War

Ukrainians are rallying global support via social media. But don’t call it a TikTok war, writes alum Jen Schradie for the Washington Post.

Russia’s war against Ukraine has predictably been labeled the “TikTok War” — much as pundits dubbed the Arab Spring the Twitter Revolution, or Occupy Wall Street became the Facebook Revolution. Jen Schradie's research on how social media platforms intersect with political movements reveals, however, the dangers of overestimating the role these platforms are playing in the Ukraine war. Today’s social media posts represent more evolution in communication than revolution.

Read the full analysis here.