Brussels attacks: #StopIslam trending worldwide as Twitter reacts to bombings
This morning’s bomb attacks in Brussels have prompted reactions of shock and outrage across social media. Muslims have begun to feel the wrath of some, with the #StopIslam hashtag trending worldwide.
Three bomb attacks at the city's Zaventem International Airport and Maelbeek metro station have reportedly killed at least 34 people.
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Many Twitter users are turning to the microblogging site to vent their anger and frustration over the attacks. Rather than focus on those who caused the carnage in Brussels, some are hitting out at all Muslims through the #StopIslam hashtag.
Muslims on twitter trying to defend their undefendable death cult. #stopislampic.twitter.com/TO8JfYpVEn— milt91 (@miltonmar91) March 22, 2016
pic.twitter.com/QH9Itg3tuj I had to share this little nugget from Facebook. We all know this...#StopIslam#IslamIsTheProblem#BanShariaLaw— Jani (@yueyuea) March 20, 2016
Stop Islamic filtration into our public schools, courts, #America!#WakeUpAmerica#STOPislam#BANislampic.twitter.com/TQe5rNRjRj— ❤️†J❤️ (@TrishaJoix) March 20, 2016
#Islam does NOT belong in #Christian countries ... #StopIslam#childbridespic.twitter.com/53vaBV0RfA— Victor Ericeira (@VictorEriceira) March 17, 2016
#StopIslam trending worldwide on @Twitter following deadly bombings in #Brusselshttps://t.co/dTD4p0zTEBpic.twitter.com/mVhxdc8GqX— RT (@RT_com) March 22, 2016
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Many people, though, are using the hashtag as a way of condemning what they see as Islamophobia, ignorance and bigotry:
About 0.00006625% of the Muslim population are "extremist". #StopIslam? more like #StopIgnorance and get a book. pic.twitter.com/dFkEj0CFjj— ٤٢٠ (@toxicsxnity) March 22, 2016
Wtf is this hashtag #stopislam we should trend instead #stopignorance terrorism has no religion— noelle (@zaynstasy) March 22, 2016
Why on earth is #StopIslam trending? It's precisely this kind of ostracisation which leads young people to be radicalized. #Brussels— Anonymous (@GroupAnon) March 22, 2016
#StopIslam This hashtag is pathetic. Terrorism has no place in Islam. Please educate yourselves. pic.twitter.com/qCy310khv6— Samira (@Samira_Hass) March 22, 2016
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