#PrayForParis

Durham Cathedral lit in the colours of the French flag in remembrance of those killed in Paris shootings. Source: Chronicle Live

There’s no words to describe what has happened in Paris over the last few days. And I certainly wasn’t expecting to write this post but I feel like I need to touch upon the subject.

For those of you who have been living under a rock over the weekend, there has been a series of terrorist attacks including suicide bombings, hostage takings and mass shooting in Paris. It is said to be one of the worst attacks since the Second World War. Hundreds have been taken to hospital and 129 people have been killed. However through all of this, social media has remained strong and people over the internet have been there has support for Paris.

There has been support from Twitter and Instagram however the real social media winner in all of this is Facebook. Firstly they activated the “Paris Safety Checker” so people who are safe can let their friends and family know. I think that knowing your loved one is safe is another thing but the fact that this could been done via Facebook (which may have been the only way of finding out) is a step that has gone beyond the expectations of any social media site.

Source: Mashable

Users have also had the chance to change their profile picture to add an effect of the French flag over your current profile picture. This is not the first time Facebook has offered this service, as they offered something similar when same sex marriage was legalised in all 50 states across America.

Source:ย Trendistic

YouTube showed their support by changing the colours of their logo and linking the latest news about Paris at the top of the home page.

Simple techniques from social media platforms really shows how powerful it can be. It shows France that they have the support from many people from around the world.

In addition, we must not forget about the Japanese Earthquake that has, unfortunately received less media coverage for unknown reasons. Social media is the platform for breaking news. Many followers on my Twitter have had their say and continue to send supporting messages out to friends and family. It just shows that platforms can be overlooked in supporting times like this and although they social media can’t do much physically at least the support has been made aware by users of various social media networks.

My thoughts go out to all those who have lost their lives or friends and family from both the Paris Shootings and Japanese Earthquake.

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