Paris Attacks Prompt Tweets, Hashtags and Trends

People light candles forming a 'peace' symbol in the shape of an Eiffel Tower during a vigil following the deadly attacks in Paris. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Following the deadly attacks in Paris that killed 127 people and injured 252 on Friday, social media was abuzz with reactions ranging from disbelief and anger, to solidarity and scepticism.

We compiled a sample.

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Various topics began trending in reaction to the attacks. Many felt the need to disassociate Islam from terrorism which consequently led to the hashtag #MuslimsAreNotTerrorist dominating Twitter since the attacks took place.

Many used the hashtag to tweet anti-Islam comments.

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Others felt the need to disassociate Islam from Daesh ideology and to remind people around the world that Islam promotes peace.

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Many, however, criticized the failure of the international community to express solidarity with Beirut and Baghdad bombings, that had taken place just a few days before the Paris attacks.

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Many pointed to Facebook not having provided a ‘safety check’  feature for the bombings in Beirut and Baghdad. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg responded to those allegations with the following message:

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While it is promising to see the world understand that Islam is not representative of Daesh ideology, it is equally important for the world to express solidarity with those in countries such as Lebanon and Iraq, in this instance, for the violence they suffer every day at the hands of the same perpetrators.

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