Title : Exploring the Role of Facebook Pages During the Mass Student Protest for Road Safety in Bangladesh

Authors : Shahla Shahnaz Dyuti

Abstract : The mass student protest for road safety in Bangladesh started in the capital city Dhaka after the death of two students by a road accident. Focusing on the event during 2018, this paper analyses the comments and memes of selected Facebook pages to find out the reactions by netizens towards the protest. Although there are several studies based on protest and social media in different nations, in Bangladesh it remains an under-researched field. Data were collected from four selected public Facebook pages using the thematic analysis method. Through the analysis of the data, it became clear that netizens wanted to express their feelings and thoughts freely in this open space as new media offers them an almost censor-free platform. The findings contribute to understanding how social media plays a role in providing an open platform of freedom of expression.

Journal : International Journal of Social Media and Online Communities (IJSMOC) Volume : 12 Year : 2020 Issue : 2
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