Charleston Social Media Day highlights Mother Emanuel tragedy

VIDEO: Charleston Social Media Day highlights Mother Emanuel tragedy

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Tuesday is the second annual Social Media Day in Charleston.

People across the Lowcountry are sharing photos of their day in Charleston on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #chsyou.

The day was created last year, after challenged cities across the world to have one day where social media was celebrated. It's a way to recognize the way communities uses different platforms of apps and websites to stay connected and informed.

Organizers of Charleston's Social Media Day thought about canceling their event when news of the Mother Emanuel massacre broke.

They say they didn't want to take any of the attention away from those mourning the lives of the nine victims. However, then they saw something powerful happen.

Thousands of people started taking to social media to share their feelings and experiences through the tragedy. Social media became something that really brought the community together.

So, instead of canceling the event, Social Media Day organizers shifted focus. This year, it's all about ways that Charleston can honor the victims of the Mother Emanuel massacre.

Throughout the day everyone is encouraged to go to their Facebook page and vote for the most powerful image they've seen shared across social media since this tragedy occurred.

Anyone can vote for their favorite photo, by donating to the Mother Emanuel Hope fund.

Organizers tell me this is not only a way for them to continue to raise awareness about the power of social media but also help raise money for the victims and their families.

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