Lisa Garbe (WZB - Berlin Social Science Center), Marc Owen Jones (Hamad bin Khalifa University), David Herbert (UiB) and Lovise Aalen (CMI)

Social media have been hailed as the ultimate democratic tool, enabling users to self-organise and build communities, sometimes even contributing to the fall of dictatorships, as during the Arab Spring. But can social media also reinforce existing power relationships? What happens when access to social media is shut down? When social media are manipulated, so that only one story is shared? 

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