Instagram has joined Blackout Tuesday, an online flash mob aimed at drawing attention to the issue of racial inequality.
The corresponding post is published in the official social network account.
As previously reported, after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, users continue to use social media to express support and solidarity. On Tuesday, June 2, as part of the Blackout Tuesday campaign, posts with images of black squares are massively published on the Web.
Instagram joined this campaign: in the official account of social networks they changed the profile image to black and white, the tag #ShareBlackStories (“Share stories of black people”) was added to the description.
“# ShareBlackStories. We hear you, we see you and we are with you. We are against racism. We support our community of blacks – and all those who seek justice in honor of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbury and many others whose names will not be forgotten. Again and again, we see that the Instagram community has the ability to make significant changes. The more we share the stories of black people, the louder are the voices of those who can influence, ”the Instagram statement said.
Earlier it was reported that amid protests over the death of George Floyd, Facebook and Pornhub, as well as singer The Weeknd, donated funds to fight racism.
Recall that a few days ago in Minneapolis, police detained a black man. During the arrest, one of the policemen used a choking technique, stepping with a knee on the man’s neck. At the same time, the detainee, 46-year-old George Floyd, repeatedly told the white officer that he could not breathe. Due to the brutal detention, the man died. An autopsy confirmed that the cause of death was strangulation.
On May 28, protests and clashes with law enforcement officers broke out in Minneapolis (Minnesota, USA). On the night of May 29, protesters in Minneapolis burned down a police station.
On May 30, a number of protesters staged pogroms in stores. Already on June 1, protests after the murder by police of black American George Floyd swept the whole country. Also, protests took place in Berlin and London.