As social media accounts like Blacktivist emerge as fake, demonstrators feel tricked – but say the activism the accounts fueled was very real

It’s painful for Tawanda Jones to talk about her brother. But when she’s offered a chance to speak publicly about how he died in Baltimore police custody, she pushes through her grief to condemn police brutality.

So Jones was grateful to take part in an emotional protest in April last year and meet other families who had lost loved ones to police violence, a reminder that she was not alone: “There’s power in numbers. There’s power in their stories.”

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