The devastating terrorist attack in France that left 129 people dead has drawn mixed reactions from Kenyans and other citizens around the world.
As leaders around the world expressed their messages of solidarity, social media icon, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook users can show their support by altering their profile pictures using the French flag.
They questioned why Facebook did not do the same for Westgate Mall victims, Garissa University students, those attacked by Boko Haram in Nigeria, Central Africa Republic as well as Beirut, Lebanon and Syria.
Here is how Zuckerberg replied:
See what people are saying about Facebook’s latest change:
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The Kenya attack on Garissa University College in northeastern Kenya is being brought back to life months later as a means for social media users to give attention to other terrorist attacks around the world.
While social media users recognize that both attacks are tragic, Facebook user Ann VanRyan wrote to
Related searches such as Kenya Paris and the #prayforKenya hashtag are also trending in the wake of the controversy over the difference in news coverage. The Kenya attack articles are being retweeted, causing some users to think the Kenya attack just occurred.
“Thank you to everyone who has reached out with questions and concerns about this. You are right that there are many other important conflicts in the world. We care about all people equally, and we will work hard to help people suffering in as many of these situations as we can.”
“Apologists for the terrorists who murdered in Paris are popping up even before the bodies are cold. Back in April when Islamist terrorists attacked a university in Kenya what was the excuse then? Did you even hear about it?”
“Facebook… Where’s my option to have the Kenya flag overlay on my profile pic? This is equally as horrendous and is happening every day in the poorest parts of our world. #LookForTheHelpersJess“