When the terror attacks hit in Vienna, something strange started happening.
People started sharing photos of cats, as they usually do in this kind of situation.
Support for Vienna
The purpose of this is twofold: firstly, to hide the horror of the attacks from the eyes of the public. In addition, this is a sign of respect towards the victims.
Secondly, posting these unrelated photos helps the police in their mission. Indeed, videos of the attacks could give precious information to any other potential attackers watching. They could discover in which way the police’s investigation is going and plan their escape route accordingly.
#autriche #Vienne #Vienna #wienATTACK put cats pictures against pictures and videos for help work of police— valeriephiphi (@moivalerielp) November 2, 2020
Noyons le réseau pour ralentir la diffusion de message qui peuvent gêner les opérations de police en cours
Merci et soutien à l'Autriche pic.twitter.com/H4yHJ7huJa
Cats in terror attacks
This is also what happened during the terror attacks in Strasbourg in 2018. People used a hashtag referring to the attacks when posting their cat photos, flooding social media with cats and kittens rather than pictures or information about the attacks. We must admit, we’d pick looking at kitties over anything else any day!
So if you wondered why there were so many pictures of cats on social media when you typed the hashtag #vienna or #viennaattack in the past couple of days, then wonder no more. People were just doing their jobs as responsible civilians. And we couldn’t be happier with that!