April 27, 2017

Twitter conversation about the Flint water crisis took off in 2016

Twitter conversation about the Flint water crisis took off in 2016

Total number of Twitter posts about the Flint water crisis per week across the U.S.

Jan 16

President Obama declares state of emergency and offers $5M in aid

 

450K posts

400K

Mar 6

Democratic

presidential candidates

hold a debate in Flint

350K

Jan 4–5

State of emergency declared in Genesee County and Michigan

 

300K

250K

May 4

Obama addresses Flint

200K

150K

100K

50K

0

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

J

F

M

A

M

J

2014

2015

2016

Note: Data include all publicly available tweets from this period that contain the terms “Flint” and “water.”

Source: Pew Research Center analysis using Crimson Hexagon technology for Jan. 5, 2014–July 2, 2016.

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Twitter conversation about the Flint water crisis took off in 2016

Total number of Twitter posts about the Flint water crisis per week across the U.S.

Jan 16

President Obama declares state of emergency and offers $5M in aid

 

450K posts

Mar 6

Democratic

presidential

candidates

hold a debate

in Flint

400K

350K

Jan 4–5

State of emergency declared in Genesee County and Michigan

 

300K

May 4

Obama addresses Flint

250K

200K

150K

100K

50K

0

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

J

F

M

A

M

J

2014

2015

2016

Note: Data include all publicly available tweets from this period that contain the terms “Flint” and “water.”

Source: Pew Research Center analysis using Crimson Hexagon technology for Jan. 5, 2014–July 2, 2016.

“Searching for News: The Flint Water Crisis”

PEW RESEARCH CENTER

Twitter conversation about the Flint water crisis took off in 2016

Total number of Twitter posts about the Flint water crisis per week across the U.S.

A

B

450K posts

400K

350K

300K

C

250K

200K

D

150K

100K

50K

0

2014

2015

2016

A

Jan 4–5 State of emergency declared in Genesee County and Michigan

Jan 16 President Obama declares state of emergency and offers $5M in aid

 

B

Mar 6 Democratic presidential candidates hold a debate in Flint

C

May 4 Obama addresses Flint

D

Note: Data include all publicly available tweets from this period that contain the terms “Flint” and “water.”

Source: Pew Research Center analysis using Crimson Hexagon technology for Jan. 5, 2014–July 2, 2016.

“Searching for News: The Flint Water Crisis”

PEW RESEARCH CENTER