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#CDC7Words Fallout: Search For Terms Orwell, Orwellian, 1984


When the Trump administration reportedly banned officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using seven words in budget documents, social media exploded with talk of an Orwellian society.

In fact, since the announcement, the terms Orwell, Orwellian or 1984 have been mentioned more than 13,600 times, according to international social media analysis firm Talkwalker.

As to the words themselves, the following statistics from Talkwalker show how many mentions have been made among the more than 300,000 social posts since the news broke.

  • diversity (157,463)
  • fetus (148,655)
  • transgender (146,104)
  • evidence-based (132,228)
  • science-based (129,307)
  • vulnerable (124,780)
  • entitlement (102,936)

The top hashtag is , with 175,482 mentions, while some hashtags descriptive of the overall social media mood have begun to trend, such as #wordmatter (12,256), #resist (11,587), ImpeachTrump (4,755) and #ScienceNotSilence (2,577).

Among the top Tweets are these two, which managed to use all the banned words in expressing opinions.  The first one from @cclymer totaled more than 60,000 reactions, while @krassenstein’s Tweet had nearly 30,000.

And finally this Tweet from the CDC director, assuring followers that there are “no banned words” at the CDC had more than 40,000 reactions.

About Talkwalker

Talkwalker (www.talkwalker.com) is one of the world’s leading social data intelligence companies. Its cutting edge technology provides actionable social media insights through real-time social listening and advanced social media analytics. Talkwalker helps marketers to prove the value of their social efforts and significantly enhances the speed and accuracy of business decision-making. Talkwalker’s state of the art social intelligence platform monitors and analyzes online conversations on social networks, news websites, blogs, forums and more, in over 187 languages. Its 1500 servers process posts from 150 million websites every day.

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Jeneba “JJ Ghatt”,is editor at Jenebapeaks.com, an online hub where she helps social media butterfly who empowers digital entrepreneurs and professionals to create great things online at her online learning platform Digital Publishing Academy.  She is an editor of tech blog Techyaya.com and founded the annual 200 Black Women to Follow On Twitter List. Read her bio, then get all of her online & digital biz startup advice and tools in one spot here!

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