Over the weekend, social media was filled to the brim with reactions to the US killing of a top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and World War III hashtags that started trending online. Users have also been seen posting about fears of a U.S. military draft which further spurned on speculation that the third World War could be looming.
The airstrike on Friday which was ordered by US President Donald Trump sent tensions in the Middle East to skyrocket and sparked fears of an all-out war. In turn, Iranian officials vowed retribution for the killing and Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei promising to exact “harsh revenge.”
Later on, on Saturday, Trump issued a stark threat to Iran on Twitter by stating that the US had targeted dozens of Iranian strikes in the event of a reprisal.
The popular hasthtags included #WWIII, #WorldWar3 and #WorldWarThreeDraft were trending on Twitter which garnered hundreds of thousands of mentions.
Jan 1st: New decade going fairly well, all things considered.— Have I Got News For You (@haveigotnews) January 3, 2020
Jan 2nd: Australia appears to be on fire.
Jan 3rd: World War III announced.
As per a report by Times of Israel, “The possibility of a US military draft also generated thousands of mentions. There have been no official statements indicating that a draft is in the making, and the last US conscription took place in 1973 during the Vietnam War.
The US Selective Service, which maintains lists of potential draft recruits, on Friday sought to calm fears amid rumors of a draft, writing on Twitter that it was “conducting business as usual.” The agency said its website was struggling under “high traffic volumes” due to “the spread of misinformation.”
Due to the spread of misinformation, our website is experiencing high traffic volumes at this time. If you are attempting to register or verify registration, please check back later today as we are working to resolve this issue. We appreciate your patience.— Selective Service (@SSS_gov) January 3, 2020