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Paris Terror Attacks: The Most Striking Social Media Reactions

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sat, 14 Nov 2015 07:54:36 Z)

Jean Julien's Paris Peace Symbol

Peace for Paris

Een foto die door jean_jullien is geplaatst op

Dan Holloway's tweet about people linking the attacks to the refugee crisis

The Pray for Paris Image (source unknown)

The #PrayForParis hashtag

Used by people from all over the world to express their sympathy.

The Front Pages Picture

The #PorteOuverte hashtag

Parisians spontaneously opening their doors ("Porte Ouverte" = "Open Door") to strangers who need shelter during the attacks.

About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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