Ferguson protesters take to the streets and web

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Rallies following the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown started in Ferguson, Mo., but with the help of social media have gone nationwide.

Twitter reports six million tweets have been sent about Ferguson since the shooting Saturday. Popular hashtags include #IfTheyGunnedMeDown and #Ferguson.

Rallies organized through social media using the hashtag #NMOS14 were held in at least 90 cities Thursday.

In St. Louis, a group that included Brown’s mother gathered near the Arch; in New York, people showed up in Times Square.

Other cities included San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Indianapolis.

Here, about 100 people attended and observed a National Moment of Silence on Monument Circle.

Participants held up their hands because, witnesses said, Brown was holding his hands up when he was shot.

This isn’t the first time social media started and perpetuated a movement.

In 2011, the hashtag #OccupyWallStreet grew that movement from New York City to around the country.

Now, experts say, social media surrounding Ferguson is shaping what people see and how they react.

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