The ability of social networking platforms to mobilize anti-government protesters is a well-documented phenomenon. But in the aftermath of recent political unrest in Kyrgyzstan, social networks also have proven themselves a useful tool for maintaining order, and for helping the victims of violence.
Before the April 6-7 events that sent former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev into exile, social media platforms had become a critical outlet for independent reporting and information sharing, given the Bakiyev administration’s growing control of mainstream media outlets. [For background see EurasiaNet’s archive].
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