Pray For Paris

Pray For Paris

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#PrayForParis is one of many hashtags, including #parisjetaime and #jesuisparis, that became popular worldwide as a means of supporting for the victims of the 2015 Paris Terrorist Attacks. In addition, the term was used as a collective description of the support offered online.

Origin

Users of Twitter began posting the hashtag immediately after the attacks of November 13th.[1] It is unknown who the first tweeter was; however, the existence of a clothing line called "Pray For Paris", which pre-dates the attacks, means that it is possible that the hashtag already existed before the attacks.[2] In the 24 hours after the attacks, the hashtag reached a top rate of use of 64,000 tweets per minute, and was used more than 6 million times.[3]


Tweets per day: #prayforparis esuisparis, and #parisetaime October 19th -November 18th 7M 6M 5M 4M 3M 2M 1M 10/22 11/8 1/14 10/25 10/27 10/30 11/2 11/5 #prayforpans 6,988,981 彬esuisparis 280,642 #parisjetaime 23,190 ANALYTICS BY

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In addition to #PrayforParis, other hashtags took hold. #JeSuisParis,[4] modeled after the Je Suis Charlie hashtag from the 2-15 Charlie Hebdo Terrorist Attack also came into favor, accruing over 260,000 uses. #ParisJeTaime, which means I Love Paris, was used 23,000 times.[5]

Facebook introduced the ability to create a profile picture overlaid with the blue, white, and red stripes of the French flag,[6] while Uber changed their car icons to the same colors.[7] Facebook does not publish statistics of how many users changed their profile picture to the striped version; however, their original post discussing the ability received more than 300,000 likes, and anyone who looked at a profile picture that had been changed was prompted to change their own.

Criticism

The explosion of the hashtags and the Facebook profile picture overlay prompted criticism from many. Users asked why there was no similar outburst of social media support for Lebanon, who had suffered a similar terrorist attack a day before Paris.[8] An op-ed from the Washington Post asked if social media support could be considered as narcissism, or at the very least as not helpful to the victims of the attacks.[9] In addition, many criticized the social media networks for capitalizing on the tragedies to boost use and engagement.[10]

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Mike Vick MikeVick な 、 Follow Family went to see # Paris over the suming r.. #prayforParis sqor.com/posts/da2bdd43 RETWEETS LIKES KATY PERRY な 、 Follow katyperry Guys, it's time to #PrayForParis right now. RETWEETS LKES 48,563 61,240 5:33 PM- 13 Nov 2015 t7 Jenson Button JensonButton な 、 Follow To those who are affected by this terrible tragedy my heart goes out to you... #Prayforparis instagram.com/p/-CO-gHFapO/ RETWEETS LIKES 731 1,802 6:59 PM- 13 Nov 2015 looveekayyy FOLLOW 1,932 likes 10h looveekayyy my heart is still broken #prayforparisD larkinwolf So beautiful @looveekayyy mylosessence How broken.. fred_Ic7 My city aliarasheed786 I wish I was there to share the sorrow lou.lbst Thanks you from France» futsalfan1 You are perfect @looveekayyy godyttiggidpoons Beautiful pic. ctl_nbk @looveekayyy looks a lot like Gigi hadid ryannfaith That is Gigi Hadid. looveekayyy it is! meg_8800 Do l like in praise meg_8800 "paris Add a comment... Stratfo well R Gloucester Road Earl's Court Google

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Judgepot
Judgepot

It's a factor that terrorist attacks don't normally happen in a Western country as they do in a African or Middle Eastern one. Every day we hear about a car bombing in Egypt, school children massacred by radical Islamists, stones being thrown at Israeli soldiers. It's not that no-one has any empathy for those who have lost lives, it's just that these images of violence and disparity have become so engraved in the overall image of the Middle East that it comes to no surprise when we hear about another terrorist attack in Pakistan.

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