Manchester Attacks – The Internet Responds

Late last night (22 May), a suspected terror attack took place at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Reports reveal that 22 people have been killed and around 59 people injured, with at least 60 ambulances sent to the Manchester Arena – also known as the MEN – to care for victims.

Celebrity Well-wishing

Since the attack, where a suicide bomber detonated a device in the lobby of the arena, the people of Manchester have come out in full force to support those affected. Locals have been offering up free rooms, beds and couches for people unable to get home with the hashtag #RoomForManchester trending on Twitter. Alongside locals sending support, many celebrities have also sent their condolences.

Campaign Pause

Due to the severity of the incident all campaigning for the upcoming General Election in June has been suspended until further notice. Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to make an announcement at some point today with many politicians, in the UK and abroad, offering their condolences to those affected.

Alongside the well-wishing and sympathy there has already been a lot of fake news making the rounds. From images of apparent ‘missing’ young people – many who were not even at the concert – to people claiming to have lost family members for RTs, it shows that there is still some negativity and attention seeking surrounding internet users.

This is an ongoing story and more information can be found on many major news networks.

 

 

 

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