Soon after news about Friday’s attacks throughout Paris reached the internet, people began tweeting with the hashtag #PorteOuverte, or open door.
The hashtag was intended to link people who are stranded in Paris with a safe place to wait out the ongoing issues in Paris — but it’s now become overrun with sentimental messages.
If you scroll through, you’ll see some instances of people using it for its intended purpose.
Some people are using the hashtag to spread awareness of it, which is helpful.
Others are posting safety reminders to people who are using it.
But in addition to these helpful tweets, other users are clogging the hashtag with sentimental messages.
#PorteOuverte November 13, 2015
These well wishes are nice in theory, but they derail the hashtag’s original purpose: to help people whose lives are at risk in a concrete, practical way.
Some Twitter users are urging others to stop clogging the hashtag:
The idea of the hashtag PorteOuverte is heartwarming, unfortunately tweeting about how heartwarming it is clogged up the tag … #
— Adriaan Bloem (@adriaanbloem) November 14, 2015
The ‘PorteOuverte’ hashtag is obviously wonderful. Praise it without the actual hashtag so people in Paris can use it to find shelter.
— Kate Leaver (@kateileaver) November 14, 2015
Others have focused their attention on a Porte Ouverte website that was apparently created tonight.
The site shows addresses with links, so it’s unlikely that its mission will be derailed.