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As a gunman holds people hostage in a cafe in Sydney, Twitter users offer to travel with Muslims on local transport to protect them from any backlash

'I'll ride with you': siege solidarity

People were encouraged to actively share information including public transport route and times when using #illridewithyou, so to help those who may need it.

A great and powerful use of social media : Sydney cafe: Australians say to Muslims " ride with you" BBC News website Dec 2014

Who uses Twitter? Statistics from the Queensland Government.

Who uses Twitter? Statistics from the Queensland Government.

This article by the ABC News has multiple tweets from the event documented, as well as a chart tracking the tweets/minute from the night of 15/12/2014 mentioning #illridewithyou. It briefly hit it's peak of 1.3k tweets/minute at 9:20PM.

This article by the ABC News has multiple tweets from the event documented, as well as a chart tracking the tweets/minute from the night of 15/12/2014 mentioning #illridewithyou. It briefly hit it's peak of 1.3k tweets/minute at 9:20PM.

@SirTessa's creation of the hashtag #illridewithyou after hearing Jacobs' story.

creation of the hashtag after hearing Jacobs' story.

Flag of Jihad which the hostages of the Sydney siege were forced to hold up against the window of Lindt Cafe.

Islamic terrorism - The "black flag of Jihad" as used by various Islamist organisations (since the late consists of a white-on-black shahada