Americans have used social media to voice frustration and post divisive exchanges around masking, worn to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges people to wear masks, this topic remains a matter of controversy.
Twitter has been used to highlight a stark difference between people wearing a mask and those who are not.
Civil rights activist Danielle Muscato took to Twitter Saturday to address the heated encounter she experienced while shopping at a Kroger store in Louisville, Ken.
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“I was just threatened with an attack at @kroger in Louisville because I asked another client to wear a mask and she refused,”; Muscato tweeted Friday. “I reported that to a manager who found her and talked to her, but refused to do anything more.”
The Kroger Company was unable to contact comment to verify the story received more than 6,000 retweets and comments.
Her story continued to be shared and criticized on Twitter by Glenn Greenwald, a founding editor of The Intercept, a newspaper launched in 2014 who claims she used social media to “do humiliated “manager Kroger.
Greenwald writes: “Using social platforms to expose and humiliate supermarket staff for hours in the midst of a pandemic for nothing other than sadism, a need for attention and a complete lack of attention. empathy.
Social media spinning around masks has been a popular occurrence since the lock started in March.
Celebrities, politicians, health care officials along with 48 million other Americans on Twitter, came to the forum to express their support for or against wearing the mask.
Former Baseball League baseball player Aubrey Huff posted a video on Twitter in mid-June after California forced to wear a mask in grocery stores and said that he “would rather die of the coronavirus than live part rest in fear and wear a damn mask. ”
The hash tags suggest whether or not someone advocates wearing a mask is currently in use on Twitter under the name #antimask or #facemask, but the phrase that tended highest on Twitter on Saturday for news about the coronavirus was #TrumpsCovidCoverup.
Trump took to Twitter in late July to say the mask was “patriotic” after months of refusing to wear one in public – even though other GOP members have urged him to do so.
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairperson Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Urges the president to wear a mask as coronavirus infections are spiking in Sunbelt states.
“Unfortunately, this simple life-saving practice has become part of a political debate saying: If you’re for Trump, you don’t wear a mask. If you’re against Trump, you do, ”Alexander said in a hearing in late June.
“That’s why I have asked the president to wear a mask from time to time even though there aren’t many occasions when he needs to. The president has millions of admirers. They will follow his lead, ”he added.
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Trump came up with another masking endorsement during an interview with Fox News’s Chris Wallace.
“I’m a mask follower. I think the mask is good, “Trump said.” But I leave it to the governors. Many governors are changing. They prefer to wear a mask – they like the concept of a mask, but some of them disagree. “
But Trump turned his stance back to the mask, defending a crowd of supporters who attended a conference in New Jersey on Friday, without wearing a mask.
“You say the pandemic is disappearing, but we have lost 6,000 Americans this week and just in this room you have dozens of people who are not following New Jersey guidelines,” a reporter asked the president. when the crowd booed.
“You were wrong about that because it was a political activity,” Trump argued. “And it was also a peaceful protest. To me they all looked like they were all wearing masks.”
The exchange was shared on Twitter with support for the president’s rhetoric as well as in opposition.
People have relied on Twitter to vent their frustrations or to discuss the importance of masking during the coronavirus pandemic.
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A Pew Research poll found that about 22% of the US population actually use Twitter, compared with 77% of the population using at least one form of social media.
The poll also shows that Twitter users tend to be more extreme, politically speaking, and that 80% of all tweets come from only 10% of all Twitter users.
CDC has asked the public to suspend news and social media platforms to support mental health during the coronavirus pandemic.