After a bombing in New York City on Saturday, a lot of people did exactly what you shouldn’t do after an act of violence and went on the Internet to spread division and hate.
According to an analysis from Vocativ, there was a major increase in the use of the five biggest anti-Islam hashtags after the bombing on Saturday and over the course of the next two days.
In the past week, for example, the hashtag #BanIslam was used at least 22,291 times. Over the four days the led up to the bombing, it was used 10,339 times. But after the bombing, it was used in 11,952 tweets.
Ahmad Khan Rahami, the main suspect in the bombing, is a 28-year-old naturalized American citizen who was born in Afghanistan.