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  • K-pop fans use social savvy to back #BlackLivesMatter
  • K-pop fans use social savvy to back #BlackLivesMatter
    Priscilla du Preez (2019) ©

K-pop fans use social savvy to back #BlackLivesMatter

Many K-pop fans have suspended efforts to get their idols trending on Twitter to instead join forces behind #BlackLivesMatter, showing solidarity with US protestors. The move shows how effectively fandoms can redirect their social media know-how towards activism and supporting causes. 



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