Following attacks in Brussels this morning, Twitter users responded to show their solidarity with the city. However not everyone was feeling compassionate, as others posted under the hashtag #StopIslam.
The controversial hashtag rapidly began to gain support on an international level – trending worldwide.
The statement has divided Twitter users with many condemning the teachings of Islam for today’s attacks while others argued that such hashtags and Islamophobia are what lead many to become radicalised in the first place.
Here’s a handful of tweets from the mass debate which show the Twitter civil war:
— Anonymous (@GroupAnon) March 22, 2016
I'm a Muslim, if I do something wrong, blame me not my religion. #StopIslam ?? NO stop terrorism, that's the thing that should be stopped.AdvertisementAdvertisement
— #1 No Pressure stan (@drewakamylife_) March 22, 2016
I won't say #StopIslam cos I support freedom of belief but I do hope for & work towards an end to faith & faith-based violence & oppressionAdvertisement
— Helen Pluckrose (@HPluckrose) March 22, 2016
The #StopIslam hashtag is worldwide trending topic, this is why people radicalize.
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) March 22, 2016
— KaisersneueKleider (@bigFishes78) March 22, 2016
Very worrying, indeed.