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Keaton Jones and social media wildfire

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You’ve probably heard the name “Keaton Jones” in the last few days after a mother posted a video of her son on Twitter a few days ago. In the video Keaton is pleading for bullies to stop harassing and making fun of him.

Now, he’s gotten mentions from several celebrities and has a GoFundMe with over 50k dollars.

It’s not something that unusual nowadays, information spreads rapidly on social media, often catching the attention of many people.

A few months ago, on a Snapchat story created at Summerville High School, a picture was sent saying that a student was going to harm students at the school. The same night, Dorchester District 2, Summerville Police Department, and several local news outlets were aware of the incident.

While the threat was deemed not credible, it put Summerville High School on high alert, bringing in extra police officers.

How is this connected to video of Keaton Jones? Both had almost immediate reaction.

In less than a week of the video being published, the video has reached over 30 million views on Twitter. It has caught the attention of celebrities like Chris Evans, Snoop Dogg, and Sean Hannity. A GoFundMe page was created that has gotten thousands of donations.

Soon enough, information was found about the family of Keaton Jones and people found his mother, Kimberly Jones, on Facebook. Several photos were found of Jones with the Confederate flag, causing an outrage on social media, and some celebrities to retract their support.

Now the son and mother are surrounded by controversy and the legitimacy of the video.

MMA fighter Joe Schilling claimed that he tried to befriend Kimberly through her verified Instagram, but she rejected and just asked to share the GoFundMe page. The Instagram account since then has been deleted.

Keaton’s sister, Lakyn, took to Twitter to defend her family.

“The Instagram KimberlyJones_38 is NOT my mom. She has a private Instagram and hasn’t talked to anyone. We haven’t received any money and don’t plan on it. The gofundme’s aren’t by any of us,” Lakyn said, in response to skeptics.

Social media has constructive, and sometimes destructive, power, as seen in many incidents besides these two.

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