Bystanders are taking selfies at the site of the Sydney siege

Bystanders are taking selfies at the site of the Sydney siege

Bystanders are taking selfies at the site of the Sydney siege

As the Sydney hostage crisis unfolds,social media users have been called 'messed up' and 'insensitive' for taking selfies at the scene and posting them online.

Several bystanders - mostly tourists and shoppers - took photos of themselves standing in Martin's Place near the Lindt Chocolate Café where a gunman has taken at least 15 people hostage.

The selfies have been uploaded to Twitter and Instagram where the backlash has already begun.

One of the selfie-takers even used the tag #hostagesituationselfie.

Predictably, their actions have been widely condemned.

Others took a less dim view, sayng they were just letting normal life carry on.

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