Cats as an online counter-terror trend?
- BIK Coordination Team
Everyone knows that internet users love cats. But in recent days, these beloved domestic animals have become part of an online counter-terror trend.
In the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris, suspects are believed to have escaped to Brussels. While the police continue looking for the suspects, the city has been under the highest alert for attack since Saturday, and citizens are being advised to stay at home. In order to efficiently conduct search operations, on Sunday, the Belgian police officially asked citizens to remain in social media silence and not share anything (posts, photos, etc.) that could inform terrorists about the police operations.
The citizens complied and used cat pictures to confuse potential terrorist organisations about police activities.
On Monday, the police thanked citizens in a humourous way by posting an image of a bowl of cat food on Twitter with the following text: "For the cats that helped us yesterday, serve yourselves".
- BIK team