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Leiana Foley

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July 17, 2020


Social Media, This Week in Social

Street-artist Banksy has been trending on social media this week due to his latest art piece spray painted on the London Underground.

The piece, which he documented and uploaded to his Instagram account includes rats (spray painted) sneezing all over the chairs and hand rails of the train. Banksy’s post is accompanied by the caption that reads ‘if you don’t mask, you don’t get’. In the video posted to his Instagram, Banksy sports a Hazmat suit and protective face gear as he walks onto the tube with his stencils and gets to work. The chorus to ‘Tubthumping’ by Chumbawamba plays in the background as Banksy spray paints the line ‘I get lockdown, but I get up again’ on the closing doors of the train. The video was posted shortly after the government announced that face masks will be mandatory in shops from July 24th.


So, how did the internet react? It’s a pot of mixed reviews. One Banksy Instagram follower commented on the song choice used in his video, saying ‘we get knocked down, but we get up again!’ showing their appreciation for the reminder that we are all going through this pandemic together. Another commenter explains ‘we need more positive doodles on the train during this difficult time’, whilst critics refer to his piece as ‘vandalism’ and the ‘opposite of urban art’. The video, posted on Wednesday 15th of July, now has 4.2 million likes and 22.4 thousand comments.

During the 48 hours Banksy’s post went live, it started to go viral on Twitter, with multiple trending hashtags that include #MaskMoaner, #NoMask and of course, #Banksy. Here’s what tweeters had to say:


Knowing a huge sum of his large Instagram following won’t be using the London Underground anytime soon, he filmed himself creating his artwork to make a health and safety announcement. Public figures, including artists, musicians, actors and many more are communicating with their audience throughout this pandemic in very different ways than they have previously. Who do you think will spray paint an attention-grabbing message all over their social media next?



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Using social for good

Facebook and Instagram have started reminding people to wear masks via their apps. Users will now be served with a message at the top of their feed to remember to take cautionary measures before leaving their house, and to think of others during this time.



Twitter goes under attack

Victims of the attack include Bill Gates, Obama, Elon Musk and many others. Twitter has confirmed that Twitter tools were used in the hack to take control of many highly visible (verified) accounts.



TikTok gets rid of fake news

In partnership with a group of platform influencers, TikTok has launched a new video series which aims to help users detect misinformation. The videos highlight fake news and help to spread awareness of what content is genuine or inauthentic.


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