Americans have reached out on social media to voice frustrations and chat about face covering to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urge people to wear masks, the issue remains a controversial issue.
Twitter was used to highlight the stark differences between those who wear masks and those who don’t.
Civil rights activist Danielle Muscato went on Twitter Saturday to discuss a heated encounter she had while shopping at a Kroger in Louisville, Ken.
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“I was just threatened with an attack at @kroger in Louisville for asking another customer to wear a mask and she refused,”
The Kroger Co. could not be reached for comment to review the story, which has received over 6,000 retweets and comments.
Her story was further shared and criticized on Twitter by Glenn Greenwald, a founding editor of The Intercept, a news agency launched in 2014. He claimed she used social media to “humiliate” the Kroger manager.
“Using social platforms to expose and humiliate hourly supermarket workers in the midst of a pandemic for absolutely no reason other than sadism, need for attention, and a complete lack of empathy,” Greenwald wrote.
These face mask social media spats have been rife since lockdowns began in March.
Celebrities, politicians, health officials and the other 48 million Americans on Twitter have taken to the platform to voice their support for or against wearing a mask.
Former major league baseball player Aubrey Huff posted a video on Twitter in mid-June after California made it mandatory to wear masks in grocery stores, saying he “would rather die of coronavirus than live in fear for the rest of my life And wearing a damn mask ”
Hashtags showing whether or not someone supports wearing a face mask are now used on Twitter at #antimask or #facemask, but the phrase that was highest on Twitter for coronavirus news on Saturday was #TrumpsCovidCoverup.
Trump went to Twitter in late July to say masks were “patriotic” after months of refusing to wear one in public – despite being urged by other GOP members.
Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Urged the president to wear a mask as coronavirus cases increased in the Sunbelt states.
“Unfortunately, this simple life-saving practice has become part of a political debate that says, if you are for Trump, don’t wear a mask. If you are against Trump, do so, ”Alexander said during a hearing in late June.
“So I have suggested that the president wear a mask occasionally, although there aren’t many cases where he has to. The president has millions of admirers. They would follow his example, ”he added.
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Trump gave another mask endorsement during Fox News interview with Chris Wallace.
“I believe in masks. I think masks are good, “said Trump.” But I’ll leave it to the governors. Many of the governors are changing. They’re more into masks – they like the concept of masks, but some of them disagree. “
But Trump has been shaking his stance on masks, defending a crowd of supporters who attended a conference in New Jersey on Friday without wearing masks.
“You said the pandemic is going away, but we lost 6,000 Americans this week and only in this room do you have dozens of people who don’t follow New Jersey guidelines,” a reporter asked the president as the crowd gouged him out.
“You’re wrong because it’s a political activity,” argued Trump. “And it’s a peaceful protest too. To me, they all look like they’re pretty much all on masks.”
The exchange was shared on Twitter with responses in favor and against the president’s rhetoric.
People rely on Twitter to express their frustrations or to discuss the importance of wearing masks during the coronavirus pandemic.
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A poll by Pew Research found that about 22 percent of the American population actually use Twitter, compared to 77 percent of the population who use at least one form of social media.
The survey also found that Twitter users identify politically rather extremely and that 80 percent of all tweets come from just 10 percent of all Twitter users.
The CDC has suggested that the public take breaks from the news and social media platforms to promote mental health during the coronavirus pandemic.