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Americans think social media is important part of social movements

A picture shows the messages '#Me too'. Photo: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images

A new Pew Research Center poll finds that a majority of Americans think social media is important for getting elected officials to pay attention to issues or creating sustained social movements.

Why it matters: Protests and social movements in the U.S. are escalating faster and are happening more frequency, due in large part to the ability for large groups of likeminded people to collect online and share information on social media.