In recent years mobile technology and social media have become important tools to combat police brutality and to advance social justice. Livestreaming services are emerging as an essential way to capture violence against marginalized people; in the summer of 2016, Snapchat and Facebook Live captured violence at Pulse when a gunman killed 50 people in the gay nightclub and during the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, a black man who was killed by a police officer. In this session, join the panelists as they present research on the impact that social media images of police brutality, especially livestream images, have on young black people between the ages of 18 and 24 – a group that is highly engaged in social media and social justice and who have consumed a lot of images of police brutality in recent years. What is the impact that these images are having on them, and do they experience any trauma after watching them?
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