ISIS sympathizers put out their own twisted profile picture choice in response to the prolific French flag overlays that populated Facebook in the aftermath of the Paris attacks.
On Wednesday, scores of ISIS supporters replaced their Twitter profiles pictures with the image of a French flag with a black boot print overlaid on it. Vocativ reports that the boot print appears to be from a gaming website.
— Vocativ (@vocativ) November 19, 2015
The Daily Mail reported, “Just hours after the devastating attacks by ISIS militants last Friday, social media was awash in the red, white and blue of the French flag as people worldwide expressed their solidarity with a nation in mourning in the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris.”
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Among those who did so was Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, who then received criticism for not making the same option available for users who wanted to show their support for the ISIS victims killed in attacks in Lebanon. Forty-three died and over 200 were injured in a double suicide bombing last Thursday.
Facebook was also criticized for turning on its “Safety Check” in feature following Paris, but again not after the attacks in Beirut. In response, the company’s Vice President of Growth Alex Schultz posted a status explaining the company’s reasoning:
We chose to activate Safety Check in Paris because we observed a lot of activity on Facebook as the events were unfolding. In the middle of a complex, uncertain situation affecting many people, Facebook became a place where people were sharing information and looking to understand the condition of their loved ones.
We talked with our employees on the ground, who felt that there was still a need that we could fill. So we made the decision to try something we’ve never done before: activating Safety Check for something other than a natural disaster. There has to be a first time for trying something new, even in complex and sensitive times, and for us that was Paris.