Facebook introduced a safety check and added a French tricolor filter to show solidarity with the victims and their loved ones and to help those checking on friends, colleagues and family.
In a Facebook post, Facebook’s Vice President of Growth Alex Schultz explained that Paris was the first time the Safety Check feature had been implemented for an event that wasn’t a natural disaster, having been introduced after April’s earthquake in Nepal. “There has to be a first time for trying something new, even in complex and sensitive times, and for us that was Paris,” he wrote.
On Twitter, the hashtag #ParisOuverte circulated as Parisians opened their doors on Friday night to give shelter to those on the streets.
Google posted a black ribbon in memory of the victims of the attacks and extended support for Paris by announcing free calls to France via Google Hangouts. In a Google + post, the company wrote, “We’re thinking of you, Paris. No fees on calls to France, via Hangouts. #ParisAttacks.”
YouTube replaced its logo with the blue, white, and red French tricolour. Clicking the icon on the homepage leads to a dedicated news feed: “We Stand with Paris” featuring updates from France 24.
Amazon paid tribute to France on its US website with a French Flag on its homepage, followed by the words ‘Solidarite’ —
CEOs shared their sympathies, including Microsoft‘s Satya Nadella and Apple‘s Tim Cook:
Airbnb issued the following advice to its hosts and guests in the Paris, where it was in the midst of #AirbnbOpen, an event for hosts with CEO Brian Chesky and CMO Jonathan Mildenhall in attendance. It’s also helping Parisian hosts who wish to offer free or reduced accommodation in response to the disaster.
NBC‘s Saturday Night Live changed its traditional “cold open” to a bilingual opening with the message, “We stand with you, Paris.”
Fashion brands, naturally, rallied around the City of Light, including Parisian brands such as Balmain, via its designer, Olivier Rousteing:
In a curious sidenote, a pre-existing clothing brand called Pray for Paris said it would cease trading and posted the following tweet: