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Snapchat’s #WestBankLive story feature shows the real power of social media

If the purpose of social media is to connect the world in a meaningful, it seems fair to say that today, social media succeeded. July 9’s Live Story feature on Twitter covered the West Bank, offering the world a rare glimpse into a part of the world that is too often wracked with violence and covered only by camera crews of media outlets with their own stories to tell. But with #WestBankLive, inhabitants of the region were given a broad platform from which to broadcast their voices, and were met with overwhelming support across the world.