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In Thailand’s democracy, emoticons and retweets are becoming the new ballots.

On Monday, protest organizers asked supporters on Facebook whether they should hold rallies that evening: The “care” emoticon signaled “rest for one day,” while the “wow” emoticon was a vote to “keep going!” The majority on Facebook chose to continue the protests. A similar poll was also done on Twitter, using like and retweet buttons for the vote.

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