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70 Million People Shared Their Prayers for Paris on Instagram This Weekend

This image provided by the studio of artist Jean Jullien shows the "#PeaceForParis" logo.
Jean Jullien Studio/AFP/Getty Images This image provided by the studio of artist Jean Jullien shows the "#PeaceForParis" logo.

People in more than 200 countries participated

In the 24 hours following the terror attacks that claimed the lives of 129 people in Paris, more than 70 million people took to Instagram to share their support and prayers for the French capital, according to the social network.

In total 430 million interactions–that’s posts, likes and comments–were created in these first 24 hours, with people in more than 200 countries participating. Jean Julien’s “Peace for Paris” logo became a symbol in this wave of support, especially after Instagram shared the drawing on its official account, which has 114 million followers.

Users also embraced hashtags, which were trending for most of the weekend. They were:

  1. #prayforparis

  2. #paris

  3. #jesuisparis

  4. #france

  5. #prayersforparis

  6. #peace

  7. #pray

  8. #prayfortheworld

  9. #love

  10. #peaceforparis

Emojis expressing grief (from sad faces to broken hearts) were also among the most used hashtags, topped by the French flag and prayer hands emojis.

The high number of interactions comes a few weeks after Instagram announced it had 400 million unique users and that it was putting more resources on curating content. “We believe you can see the world happening in real time through Instagram,” Instagram’s co-founder Kevin Systrom told TIME.

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