#JeSuisCharlie hashtag unites the world on Twitter The world of social media has been flooded with messages of support for victims following the horrific attack on French magazine, Charlie Hebdo, yesterday. At a time of mourning, thousands have flocked to Twitter to unite against the tragedy using the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie (‘We are all Charlie’), which was used more than 105,000 times in an hour and is the number one trend in France and the UK. It is known that 12 people have been killed in the shooting at the Charlie Hebedo office yesterday at 10.30am, including four of the most famous cartoonists in France. Moments before the attack, @Charlie_Hebdo_ tweeted a cartoon of the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghadadi with a caption that the BBC translated to say: “Best wishes. To you too, Abu Bakr al-Baghadadi,” to which al-Baghdadi replies: “And especially good health.” Speaking to France Inter, Charlie Hebdo editor-in-chief (not present at the time of shooting), expressed his sadness: “I am shocked that people have attacked a newspaper in France, a secular republic. I don’t understand it…I don’t understand how people can attack a newspaper with heavy weapons. A newspaper is not a weapon of war.” Global reactions through social media The US Embassy France Twitter account changed its profile photo after the shooting, while France 24 reported on the spread of the #JeSuisCharlie hashtag yesterday afternoon. Dutch political cartoonist Rubin L. Oppenheimer used the trending hashtag to share an image, which likened the attack with those of September 11th 2001. As well as thousands of Twitter users around the world, top journalists, leaders and editors expressed their sympathy and shock of the killings, including a statement from Private Eye editor, Ian Hislop, calling the events “a murderous attack on free speech in the heart of Europe”. According to @TwitterFrance, by 7.15pm Paris time, there had been 2.1m tweets using the #JeSuisCharlie hashtag. Take a look at the fascinating data map via Reverb. Solidarity expressed through cartoons With renowned cartoonists including Tignous, Wolinski and Cabu as victims in the Hebdo attack, cartoonists from around the world shared their solidarity through ‘Je Suis Drawings’. Labelled ‘A terrible day’, the Guardian’s cartoon was straight to the point, while Telegraph cartoonist Matt Pritchard depicted a dramatic image with the caption ‘Be careful, they might have pens.’ Meanwhile The Independent shows a one-fingered salute to the terrorists, with a Banksy-inspired image presenting a succinct before and after montage. Our thoughts are with those affected by the terrible attacks, we can only take comfort that thousands throughout the world demonstrate their support through social channels like Twitter, despite the tragic conditions. Tweet #JeSuisCharlie to show your support.