News in Brief by PN staff

Indians and Pakistanis used social media to try to prevent war at the end of February.

After a Pakistan-based Kashmiri insurgent group blew up an army convoy in Indian-occupied Kashmir on 14 February, Indian fighter jets crossed into Pakistani airspace on 27 February, prompting a retaliatory strike later the same day by Pakistani jets.

Two Indian planes were shot down and the situation was very tense.

US news agency CNN analysed the response to these events on Twitter, and found that more than 128,500 tweets were published over 27–28 February using the hashtag#SayNoToWar.

At the peak, at noon on 27 February, 2,000 tweets were sent every 10 minutes.

Topics: War and peace