What’s Trending? 📈 Conservatives vs. LeBron

WHAT’S TRENDING THIS WEEK

  • CW, police violence: Last Tuesday, a jury found Derek Chauvin guilty on three counts for the murder of George Floyd.
  • Vaccines: On Thursday, the United States officially hit 200 million vaccines administered since President Biden took office, achieving his goal of 200 shots within his first 100 days ahead of schedule. Nearly 96 million Americans are now fully vaccinated, and over 140 million have received at least one dose.
  • Climate summit: Last week, the White House hosted the Leaders Summit on Climate where President Biden announced a pledge to cut U.S. greenhouse gas pollution in half by 2030. The new target, to be made possible in part by provisions in the American Jobs Plan, will help the United States combat the climate crisis, create millions of jobs, and build a clean energy economy here at home.
  • The American Rescue Plan: On Monday, the Biden administration announced a summer food program as part of an ongoing effort to address hunger and food insecurity in the U.S. Funded through the American Rescue Plan, the program will provide 34 million children with money to buy food for the 10 weeks they are out of school in the summer.

WHAT WE’RE HEARING ON SOCIAL

Conservatives vs. LeBron: Conservatives rallied together in response to a tweet (and later, the deletion of said tweet) by LeBron James in response to Ma’Khia Bryant’s killing by Columbus, Ohio police, while progressive posts were less aligned and ranged from celebrating Earth Day to promoting the American Rescue Plan and personal posts.

Top 20 best-performing political Facebook posts by interactions according to data from NewsWhip.
Top 10 best-performing political Facebook posts on the left and right for the weeks of April 14 and April 21 by interactions according to data from NewsWhip.
Top ten Facebook posts from progressive pages over the last week, according to data from NewsWhip.
Top ten Facebook posts from conservative pages over the last week, according to data from NewsWhip.
Best-performing political Facebook posts from progressives about the environment and from conservatives about LeBron James and/or conservative takes on police violence by interactions according to data from NewsWhip.

SAY IT WITH ME

  • The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law held a hearing today on the ways social media algorithms and amplification impact our public discourse and minds.
  • You can read more about the hearing here, but basically, tech execs are still refusing to admit that their practices are addictive and (again) elevate problematic discourse, despite lots of evidence to the contrary.

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