Two weeks ago, Jada, a Houston teenager who said she was raped and that pictures of the rape went viral on social media, told her story to KHOU. We were one of the first media outlets to write about #jadapose, a hashtag people were using to mock Jada as they posted pictures of them lying on the ground like Jada was the night of the alleged rape.
Commenters said #jadapose was "disgusting." Reader Andrew Davis wrote, "One of these days God will cut them (users of the hashtag) down."
In the time since we published that article, Jada has gone national with her story, doing interviews with many media outlets, including CNN and HuffPost Live, to which she said, "I'm just very tired." And now social media has turned in support of Jada.
New hashtags such as #IAmJada, #Jadacounterpose, #StandwithJada and #JusticeforJada have spread on the twittersphere. Even #Jadapose is now overrun by tweeters who side with Jada.
MSNBC's Ronan Farrow Daily first publicized #IAmJada. Farrow interviewed Jada and Houston black activist Quanell X, and the show tweeted out this picture:
— Team Ronan Daily (@RonanDaily) July 14, 2014
According to topsy.com, as of Monday afternoon, #IAmJada was the most popular Jada-related hashtag of the past seven days, with Twitter users tweeting it 14,073 times. Here's a graph showing the analytics on it:
The original hashtag, #jadapose, still comes in second behind #IAmJada as the most popular of the hashtags. But now it's mostly used for tweets like this one:
— Jamie Johnson (@IdiotRunnerGirl) July 19, 2014
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Here's a Topsy graph for #jadapose, which is declining in use after its cyber bully beginning:
More than 1,000 tweets used #Jadacounterpose in the past week; #StandWithJada almost 2,000 times. And 5,947 tweets had the hashtag #JusticeForJada.
So for everyone who thought social media was a cruel, dark place full of cyber bullies, you're right. But it can be used for good, too.
Data as of 3:27 p.m. Monday, July 21.