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Kitten photos flood Twitter immediately after deadly Strasbourg shooting

Users try to overtake violent images after deadly shooting

The Strasbourg Christmas market where the deadly shooting took place in Strasbourg. EPA
The Strasbourg Christmas market where the deadly shooting took place in Strasbourg. EPA

In an effort to blunt the impact of violent images following the deadly shooting in Strasbourg, France, thousands took to Twitter to post photos of kittens using the hashtag #DesChatonsPourStrasbourg (kittens for Strasbourg).

According to some participating in the effort, a similar effort to overtake violent pictures took place on social media during the 2016 terror attacks in Brussels, Germany.

For some who took part in #DesChatonsPourStrasbourg, posting the cat photos was also promoted as a way not to hinder ongoing police investigations in the immediate moments following the shootings.

The shootings at a Strasbourg Christmas market left three dead and six seriously wounded. The gunman is still at large.

In the hours after the attack, #DesChatonsPourStrasbourg began trending, but was later overtaken by #JeSuisStrasbourg.

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