Should there be a Facebook filter for the Istanbul bombing? | The Tylt
After 41 people were killed and 239 injured in the Ataturk airport bombing in Istanbul, many are critiquing what they call a serious disparity in the social media response to attacks in the West (such as Paris and Orlando) and the attack in Turkey.
Is the Istanbul bombing being disregarded by Facebook and its users?
An article at international alt-news site RT.com asked "Where is ‘Je Suis Istanbul’?" and questioned social media users' response to the bombing:
In the case of Brussels and more recently Orlando, the Eiffel Tower in Paris was lit up to pay respect to the victims, but social media users have asked why Turkey hasn’t been granted the same treatment.
Although Facebook activated its safety check feature to allow users located in Turkey to let friends and family know they were safe, people weren't given the option to change their profile pictures to show solidarity with Turkey (as the site did previously with Paris and Orlando).
Should Facebook do more to allow users to show support for Istanbul victims?
Some argue that cities like Paris, Brussels and Orlando are familiar to Westerners and thus evoke more empathy; others accuse Facebook of dismissing the loss of Muslim lives, and say news only matters if it happens in the (white) West.
But to give them credit, the attack just happened—maybe those filters and slogans are still on their way. And the Turkish government did block Facebook within an hour of the attacks, on the grounds of "national security and public order," a move critiqued by anti-censorship activists.
Is Facebook ignoring Istanbul? Or have the site and its users shown sufficient support?
Should there be a Facebook filter for the Istanbul bombing?
Facebook users noted the lack of comments, hashtags, and profile pic changes.
Facebook did activate their safety feature so people in the area of the bombing could communicate with their friends and families.
The Turkish government blocked Facebook and Twitter after the attacks.
facebook: are you in istanbul? are you alright? confirm your safety!!!!!— kona (@capeIla) June 29, 2016
turkey: *blocks facebook*