Twitter users bolster #ImWithKap leading up to Super Bowl LIII

Leading up to Super Bowl LIII, Twitter users boosted the hashtag “ImWithKap” in reference to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, according to a Twitter data analysis conducted by reporters at the Peninsula Press.

The total number of tweets with the hashtag in the month leading up to game day was 1,955. On Super Bowl Sunday, there were 30,715 tweets with the hashtag.

Kaepernick, who last played in 2016, is famously known for kneeling during the National Anthem as a protest against racial injustice and oppression in the United States.

In our visualization, each Lego block represents five tweets including “#ImWithKap.”

Each photograph documents the increase in tweets starting on Jan. 5, 2019, through Super Bowl Sunday on Feb. 3, 2019.


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