- How to stream Eagles vs. Ravens in NFL preseason action 5 Years Ago
- How to create your very own Instagram hoax 5 Years Ago
- ‘Spider-Man’ fans want to ‘storm’ Sony’s office in New York to protest him leaving the MCU 5 Years Ago
- White House proposing ‘Minority Report’-style office to use data to predict crime 5 Years Ago
- Streamer OnlyUseMeBlade accused of sexually assaulting a sleeping woman 5 Years Ago
- How to stream Raiders vs. Packers in NFL preseason action Today 10:07 AM
- Say hello to ‘antira,’ the far-right’s answer to antifa Today 9:28 AM
- Bernie Sanders proposes sweeping plan to combat climate change Today 9:11 AM
- Is ‘Save Spider-Man from Sony’ fueled by pro-Disney bots? Today 8:41 AM
- ‘Jawline’ takes a stunning look at influencers and the social media gold rush Today 7:00 AM
- Here’s what’s coming and going on Netflix in September 2019 Today 6:58 AM
- The biggest conspiracy theories around Area 51 Today 6:30 AM
- How to listen to YouTube music in the background on your phone Today 6:00 AM
- Lyft received a whopping 7 sexual assault lawsuits in a day Wednesday 10:00 PM
- High school reopens investigation into Nazi salute video after other racist videos emerge Wednesday 7:14 PM
The massacre on Wednesday at the Paris headquarters of satire magazine Charlie Hebdo has left people all over the world reeling, and many have turned to Twitter using the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie to express their grief and solidarity with the survivors. So many people, in fact, that it’s become one of the most popular news hashtags in Twitter’s history.
For all you people out there who don’t speak French, “Je Suis Charlie” translates to “I Am Charlie,” the phrase that has come to symbolize solidarity with the victims of the attack.
On Friday afternoon, a little more than two days after the carnage occurred at Charlie Hebdo‘s Paris headquarters and the day that another deadly attack occurred in a Parisian kosher supermarket, #JeSuisCharlie had been tweeted nearly 3.5 million times.
The hashtag peaked on Thursday evening, with 6,500 tweets per minute, according to CNN Money. They also report that Twitter is crunching the exact numbers to see where this hashtag falls on the all-time news hashtag leaderboard.
Two other widely popular hashtags have been born out of the success of #JeSuisCharlie. #JeSuisAhmed honors one of the police officers killed on Wednesday, a french Muslim named Ahmed Merabet, and #JeSuisKouachi, which is meant to support the French brothers, who carried out Wednesday’s attack and were killed in a police standoff Friday morning.
Photo via Guillaume/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
Marisa Kabas is a lifestyle reporter and activist. Her work has been published by Fusion, Fast Company, and Today. She’s also served as an editorial campaigns director for Purpose PBC, a social movement incubator.