The upsetting sign 'influencing' has gone too far

Kristine Tarbert
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

The tragic bombings in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday sent shockwaves around the world, triggering an outpouring of grief and support.

But while many of the messages shared on social media were reactions of shock, outrage and prayers for the people involved, influencers have been called out for using the tragedy to further their own profiles.

From spruiking ‘Easter outfits’, to happy holiday snaps, and even a passionate kiss between a couple, it is disappointing to see plenty of images floating around using the hashtag #prayforsrilanka that just don’t fit the bill.

Photo: Instagram
Photo: Instagram

In an age where the social domain is dominated by the so-called ‘influencer’, is this need to use anything and everything that’s trending to get eyeballs on your pics taking things too far?

Photo: Instagram
Photo: Instagram

Plenty of people on Twitter certainly thought so, and we tend to agree.

“Gotta make sure you’re trending,” one person wrote.

“These people are the worst,” another said.

“Holy crap,” was another response.

“Omfg,” one simply put.

Photo: Instagram
Photo: Instagram

It was confirmed on Monday that two Australians, including a 10-year-old girl, were killed in the Sri Lanka bomb blasts and another two have been injured.

The number of people believed to be killed in the attacks has risen to 310.

And more than 500 people were injured by the blasts that ripped through three churches, three luxury hotels and a guesthouse on Easter Sunday.

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