The Australian media engaged in a raging debate over the "outrageous" pictures being shared from Martin Place. The photos, uploaded to both social and traditional media, showed hundreds of locals attempting to shoot the ongoing events.
Several locals were seen swigging alcoholic beverages and smiling away as they snapped pictures mere meters away from fellow citizens who are holed up in a café, fearing for their lives.
The pictures being shared from Martin Place have been tagged as "siege selfies." According to Australian channel News9, one picture they received showed three men smiling in front of police tape cordoning off the area while another showed two women smiling with the square in the background.
According to News9, Australian social media was abuzz with anger following the morbid trend. One Twitter user mocked the tag, urging those partaking to go to the square instead of being "grateful that you're not caught up in a hostage nightmare."