- Thousands of students walked out of their schools Wednesday to protest gun violence in the US and demand action from lawmakers.
- Snapchat’s Snap Maps are helping visualise the national moment in an incredible way.
Snapchat’s Snap Map is helping users around the world visualise the massive movement protesting US gun violence that is being led by high-school students.
Incredible moment on social media — East coast schools are walking out, calling on Congress to act on gun violence. @Snapchat's @SnapMap feature visualizing this movement in the most amazing way… pic.twitter.com/Tx1YF3GQO2
— Tony Morrison (@THETonyMorrison) March 14, 2018
That dotted map is the result of 3,000 protests nationwide. The protests, which took the form of walkouts from school, were organised in response to the mass shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14.
Snapchat’s popular Snap Map feature lets users locate friends and events on a map, with a heat map for context, and then lets you tap for footage. Similar screenshots of the Map feature were shared when South Florida students organised walkouts in February in honour of the victims.
Using crowdsourcing, Snapchat’s Map helps show observers the moment’s impact in a way news broadcasts may not be able to.