Two weeks ago the exciting city of Paris was attacked by terrorist from ISIS in an attacks that killed around 125 people. Since then, people’s sentiments have been felt around social media in order to show support and sympathy to the people that were suffering from great loses of people they loved. Platforms like Facebook and SnapChat let users participate more distinctly in their support for Paris. Facebook let their users change their profile picture to one with the France flag over it in order to show solidarity and raise awareness of the tragic event. SnapChat also participated in this by creating a live story of what was going on there in Paris and creating filters that let people share them on their stories and thus create awareness and support for Paris.
Twitter was also a big platform where people wanted to share their sentiments about the attack. However, there were a handful of tweets and others posts criticizing the big movement and questioning why they didn’t do the same for countries like Syria or Beirut, even Mali when they also have been attacked and their people have been killed.
— Saru (@SaraEdhbd) November 21, 2015
— PayalDee (@PayalDee_) November 21, 2015
— AJ+ (@ajplus) November 21, 2015
— Sampdoria English (@sampdoria_en) November 21, 2015
— ✏️Clara from MARS (@DrugOfMARS) November 21, 2015
— Miss Silva (@hugmebex) November 21, 2015
— ☆ Cherrie (@cherrienora) November 21, 2015
— Oluwatosin Ayinde (@0a3f363058ab48d) November 21, 2015
These people felt they needed to address the fact that other countries were not receiving the same attention. Some even approached the subject with sarcasm implying that people post on Twitter or social media but that at the end of the day is not really doing anything to make a change.
— Time for change (@changeuk_) November 21, 2015
"I'm a social activist" "What sort of activism do u do?" *takes out phone *shows their assorted #PrayForParis posts on all social media
— Brandon Calvillo (@BJCalvillo) November 29, 2015
Mucho #prayforparis y eso pero ayer hubo en Mali otra matanza en un hotel y claro, como es en África nadie se molesta por ellos >hipocresía<
— BreixoM3 (͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) (@BreixoM3) November 21, 2015
I think it is important to understand that every person deals with grief or loss differently and they sometimes need to share them on social media, some might not agree with how or what they say but it is something that everyone expresses in their own way.