Battle of the Hashtags: #SupportIranDeal vs. #StopIranRally
#IranDeal supporters and opponents are facing off on social media in an effort to sway the U.S. Congress ahead of the vote on September 17. Who’s winning?
Earlier this month, on August 15, the world celebrated the Global Day of Peace for Iran. For the inaugural event, members of the Iranian diaspora joined with global peace activists in more than a hundred of the world’s cities to give their backing to the #SupportIranDeal campaign.
Organisers launched the campaign on social media using the hashtag #SupportIranDeal, inviting people to share pictures of the day’s demonstrations, which were later shared on the official campaign website.
“Thousands of volunteers all around the world are gathering to show support for the historic nuclear deal with Iran … [While] pro-war lobbies in the U.S. are spending millions of dollars on campaigns to kill this deal and the prospect for a sustainable peace” Negar Mortazavi.
The campaign offered supporters plenty of resources, including free printable peace flags, origami instructions, and an appeal for participants to lobby the U.S. Congress in support of the nuclear deal.
Which campaign kicked up the most fuss? Check out the tweets below to see how the campaigns unfolded!
First off, who won? We measured the social media activity around the #SupportIranDeal and #StopIranRally hashtags for five days around each campaign’s peak — July 20–24 for #StopIranRally, and August 13–17 for #SupportIranDeal.
And the winner is…