Paris attacks spark broken-telephone effect as rumours abound

2015-11-17 10:52

Cape Town - Following this weekend’s Paris attacks, social media continues to overflow with sympathy, condolences and mini 'reports' on the events.

While the world constantly checks Twitter for a quick update on happenings in the French capital – there seems to have been a few misunderstandings and broken telephone effects on some of the facts. 

In the midst of the shock and need to read a quick one liner, things have been reworked, dusted off and retweeted. The world is still recovering from the recent attacks on Paris, as analysts and experts try to discern exactly what the ramifications are.

READ: #ParisAttacks: 5 Hard lessons on how terrorism affects global tourism

This is a popular pattern in situations such as this, says Quartz. According to the online paper, some rectifications on the following tweets and images circulating twitter needed to be made.

1. One rumour is that the president François Hollande suffered a stroke and was rushed to hospital after the attacks.

However, he was merely airlifted from the Stade de France following the attack. After the explosion, the President of France was evacuated from the stadium reports Quartz. 



2. The Louvre and other famous Parisian landmarks were attacked

There was some confusion on the Louvre being affected by the attacks too...


3. Some tweeters couldn't wait for reactions from global leaders such as the Pope - thinking they had a pretty good idea of what they would say in their tweets

Donald Trump and the Pope did tweet about the event – yet the tweets which were circulating were from the earlier Charlie Hebdo attacks this year, reports Quartz.

Social media users reproduced older tweets from the Pope making many believe the Pope had tweeted, but according to Quartz the Pope had not yet tweeted anything when social media was spreading his words. 


4. And of course the likes of US presidential candidate Donald Trump...

The world also believed Donald Trump would say something irate, once again, about the serious attacks - it seems the bulk of social media users wait for trending celebs and icons to say something - in order to retag themselves. 



5. Another circulating tweet was that the Eiffel Tower had turned off its lights in memory of the Paris attack

The Eiffel Tower apparently dims its lights and goes dark every night and Friday night was only part of its usual schedule, according to Quartz.



6. Furore of red white and blue and national marches

Many images circulating on social media were reworked from the Charlie Hebdo attacks. Rumours circulated that the empire state building turned their lights to the colours of the French flag – in fact, the building went dark in solace of the attacks. 

Tweets and images of a French and German march circulated too, yet it seems some mistook the images which were most likely from earlier attacks this year, such the Parisian Charlie Hebdo images.

7. Artists express their emotion... in 2008

Empty streets of Paris - this picture is in fact from 2008. This picture stirring up many emotions has resurfaced into social media. 

8. Concerns for Paris Hilton or Paris, France?

Things got a little confusing for some when some people started tweeting the following...

READ: Paris air travel proceeds, but some cancel future visits

9. When the world stepped away from their computers...

Many world sites did indeed light up in the red, blue and white colours of the French Flag. Vigils were held around the world while prayers under the hashtag #PrayForParis streamed in.

Hundreds of mourners around the world flocked to Trafalgar Square to light candles and sing songs in memory of Paris. In Iran, hundreds gathered in front of the French embassy with candles.

Many celebrities and public figures holding events over the weekend made time to acknowledge what had happened - at a Madonna concert in Stockholm over the weekend, the singer asked her audience to take a moment of silence and also performed Edith Piaf's La Vie en Rose, reported The Guardian.

World sites who updated their profiles 

The Wembley Stadium in England

Christ the Redeemer in Rio Brazil

The Brandenburg Gate Berlin

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