The recent attacks in Barcelona left 13 people dead and over 100 injured. Rather than live in fear, Twitter users sharing information on the attacks have decided to fight back.
With pictures of cats. That's right, furry little felines are suddenly the perfect response to news of the incidents, and while it may seem like a silly and even inappropriate way to get back at the terrorists, there's a pretty brilliant reason why it's being done.
Now you might be scratching your head as to how that would exactly work, but it's actually quite a simple concept.
The tweet from the official National Police Account of Spain reads: "Out of respect for the victims and their families, please, do not share pictures of injured in collision with # Ramblas of Barcelona."
So by flooding the social media #Barcelona hashtag with photos, videos, and gifs of cats, users are hoping to drown any propaganda suspects may spread about the attacks in Barcelona, as well as keep any others from scanning the internet for information from finding what they need. Imagine being some scumbag member of a terrorist group attempting to look at the havoc your group wrought on innocent civilians. With your "expert" reconnaissance being thwarted by photographs of adorable little kittens.
Unless they're just trying to look at photos of said cute kitties. Then they're totally getting what they need. Who knows, it might melt their hearts in the process and they'll start feeling guilty about what they've done because the innocent eyes of an itty bitty pretty kitty are staring into their decrepit, morally bankrupt souls.
On a more practical note, however, the kitty photos also help to keep insensitive and traumatic images from popping up in people's feeds.