Tarani Palani | August 1, 2011
Fewer people tweeted about the EO6 detention because there is ‘still a lack of understanding’ about how the Emergency Order (EO) impacts our society.
The six, who were detained under the Emergency Order (EO,) were released last Friday but twitter discussions involving them paled in comparison to the buzz the Bersih 2.0 rally created on Twittersphere.
Even during the height of their detention, there were only 2,945 messages tweeted about them on Twitter. Throughout their detention, there were 2,009 users who tweeted 11,438 messages about the six detainees.
Bersih, on the other hand, recorded 28,721 users who sent out 204,284 tweets about the rally.
Politweet.org, a research organisation that studies Twitter interactions between Malaysian citizens and politicians agreed that the response for the EO six has been lukewarm.
With the release of the six PSM leaders, Politweet expects “interest to completely drop by this week”.
“The thing about people on Twitter is that they usually write about a topic when there are new developments, and the PSM EO6 story hasn’t developed much since they were arrested.
“Compare that with Bersih where there were new stories almost daily,” said politweet.org founder Ahmed Kamal Nava.