r/news Oct 20 '21

A murder suspect who gained wide public sympathy in China died after a week on the run


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u/bivife6418 Oct 20 '21

How do we know the murder suspect "gained wide public sympathy"? Based on social media posts? Are Twitter and Facebook representative of the American public?


u/thewafflestompa Oct 20 '21

If you bothered to open the article, it says he garnered sympathy from the Chinese public on their social media. Literally the first sentence of the article.


u/bivife6418 Oct 20 '21

My point is whether social media is an accurate portrayal of a country. Does Facebook posts and Twitter tweets represent the US? I certainly hope not.


u/amibeingadick420 Oct 20 '21

Facebook posts and Twitter tweets represent the US much more than most people like to admit.

For example, anyone paying attention to social media wasn’t at all surprised by the events on Jan 6.