Social media helps police arrest suspects in hate crimes

Dion Lim, from San Francisco ABC station KGO, talks about how social media is driving more people to report attacks.
2:31 | 03/05/21

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My colleague Dion Lim and ABC seven in Tampa and Cisco also harness the power of social media using a digital platform to share information. On attacks against Asian Americans her social posts even helping police arrest suspect. And inspired a new sense of community amongst viewers encouraged to now speak out about their own experiences. Dion thank you so much for joining us it really appreciated I don't a lot of your reporting the victims actually reached out to you. Only on social media using the direct message feature. An hadn't even reported their attacks why do you think that is. Even this is something I never experienced before in my career and it's actually pretty cool I know why should because the majority of these victims don't report their crimes to police are a number of reasons there. Either scared they don't think he'll be heard they don't want retaliation. Or like we heard from some fun in June she'll she is steeled acceptance culturally cheap there had down cheap their nose clean don't cause trouble console media things are different people get to know me on a little bit more of an intimate basis they weren't Balch -- being bullied growing up in very non diverse parts of the country so they feel that connection and then on social media there's also a buffer there's a screen phone or computer actually steal protected they don't have to lay it all out on the line each and then when they see other people comment on the East Coast they realized oh my gosh I'm not alone I can do this I feel empowered to share my story. That's cents a seeing other people as hearings in the same thing you spoke again. Out a lot on clubhouse also. How social media platform has been aiding in getting the word out about these attacks and how important have forums like clubhouse bin. Cash in its crazy I personally didn't even know clubhouse existed a few months until my cash it's a neat platform and that people can feel that sense of community and speak one on 100 people four inch positions powered these change makers can weekends ago like participated in the clubhouse which. Daniel day Tim and Andrew will and other politician wish I was so incredible to see the power 3000 people join inch and in this conversation that we expected to last for -- thirty minutes an hour she ended up being three almost four hours long so it's that sense of community that gets Foster online each that really urges people to speak out and want to do something and help. Turning clearly I'll have a lot to say Dion thanks so much for joining us we will see you. Later in the broadcast.

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