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City Visions: Twitter activism

Jan 14, 2019

Host Ethan Elkind speaks with the founders of Grab Your Wallet and Sleeping Giants to learn how two Bay Area residents took to Twitter to metabolize the confusion and anger they felt around the 2016 election and in the process created two different and very successful grassroots campaigns -- one a boycott of companies doing business with Trump and his affiliates and the other aimed at advertisers on Breitbart, an alt-right website.  

How did these campaigns take off and what are the limits of Twitter activism?  When consumers demand that companies stop advertising or doing business where's the line between stopping hate speech and censoring free speech?

Guests:

Shannon Coulter, co-founder of Grab Your Wallet

Matt Rivitz, founder of Sleeping Giants

David Snyder, Executive Director of the First Amendment Coalition