With the ongoing lockdown of many of Brussels’ public spaces and terror raids being carried out, citizens are being urged to stay indoors with some of the gunmen involved in the Paris killings still thought to be on the loose in the Belgian capital.
Amid this scene of worried citizens, unsurprisingly, many took to Twitter to talk about what was going on with the raids – but this presented a problem for Belgian authorities, so police asked residents to stop tweeting about what was happening on the official #Brusselslockdown Twitter hashtag, as it could tip off the criminals.
“This event was off the charts”
Gary Vaynerchuk was so impressed with TNW Conference 2016 he paused mid-talk to applaud us.
Quickly, Brussels’ inhabitants responded to the request in true internet fashion – instantly drowning the hashtag in an endless sea of cute kitty pictures.
— Oh Mike God (@GodisMike) November 22, 2015
Sure, it wasn’t used for spreading harrowing, breaking news but what it did was help galvanize a city and a country – and by extension a whole lot more people.
Twitter is great at spreading news as it happens, but the company is still feeling out how its Moments feature is used around the world.
Showing how a situation of panic and concern can be helped by a flood of cat pictures isn’t a bad start in my book.
A little levity isn’t a bad tool in the face of adversity.