19 million tweets later: A look at #MeToo a year after the hashtag went viral

October marks one year since the social media phenomenon #MeToo exploded, dislodging scores of men from their high-power positions and sparking a national conversation about workplace sexual harassment.

Originally started as a grassroots effort by activist Tarana Burke more than 10 years ago, and set ablaze after a tweet by actress Alyssa Milano, those two simple words have become a viral rallying cry for millions of women, and some men, who are fed up with the blatant abuse of power.

So, just how popular has the hashtag become?

A recent study by the Pew Research Center found that the #MeToo hashtag was used more than 19 million times on Twitter since Milano’s initial tweet. That’s more than 55,000 uses of the hashtag per day.

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