Tuesday’s deluge of black squares can silence hashtag #BlackLivesMatter and protesters


Messages on Instagram using the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.

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Social media sites, particularly Instagram, were inundated with images of black squares as part of Blackout tuesday, while people aim to show solidarity with the black community and protest racial injustice. Activists and organizers, however, urge people not to use the hashtags #BlackLivesMatter and #BLM with these messages so that vital information is not drowned out.

“Reminder: if you are going to publish a photo for #BlackOutTuesday, do not use the hashtag” Black Lives Matter “. Information is continuously disseminated through this hashtag! diversity and inclusion, tweeted Tuesday.

Others also encouraged people to show their support without drowning the messages by using #BlackLivesMatter and #BLM to share information about the protests.

Following the death of George Floyd in police custody and the ensuing protests around the world, the music industry has called for June 2 to be turned into “Blackout Tuesday”, a day for a break from business and turning to the fight against racial injustice. Many others joined the call for a day of action by posting images of black squares on social media. As of 9:30 a.m. PT on Tuesday, there were over 17 million Instagram posts using the hashtag #BlackoutTuesday.

Floyd, an African American, died on May 25 after the then Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was caught on video by pressing his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes while Floyd was telling repeatedly: “I can’t breathe”. Since then, protests have been held around the world, many of them peaceful, but some have erupted into violence.

Chauvin, who was laid off, was charged with third degree murder and second degree manslaughter on Friday. The three other officers involved have also been dismissed and are under investigation.

Tuesday, Instagram recognized concerns on the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter awash with images of black squares. The company said people can edit posts to remove the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter and that their post will no longer be displayed on the Instagram hashtag page, adding that it can take up to 10 minutes for a post to be posted. deleted once modified.


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