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January 8, 2015

Charlie Hebdo hashtags reveal defiance, solidarity and Islamophobia

Beyond #JeSuisCharlie, recent killings elicit a range of online reactions.
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People hold placards that read "I am Charlie" as they gather outside French consulate to pay tribute to the victims of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, in Istanbul, Turkey, late Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. AP/Emrah Gurel.

As Wednesday's attack on the Paris-based satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo left 12 people dead and made international headlines, a wide range of reactions via Twitter hashtags swiftly emerged. The most popular continues to be #JeSuisCharlie (I am Charlie), which was used more than 2.7 million times since the shooting, primarily to express support for the targeted magazine:

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