#blacklivesmatter and #BlackoutTuesday hashtags make social media black
Social media users, especially Instagram, share images of the black square in solidarity with black victims of violence as part of the Blackout demonstration on Tuesday originally organized by music workers policewoman.
But many mark their posts with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter and #BLM, which obscures the channel used to share vital information about protests, donations from organizations, and documentation of police violence.
Kylaney and rapper Chuck English were among those calling for the issue, reposting a video from an Instagram feed of black photos shared under the #BLM tag.
The original poster also notes: “Once you click on the blm, you are directed to overflowing black images, rather than to other more useful content that people can search for information.” Another user said that sharing black screens under hashtags “has the opposite effect … amplifying black sounds without reducing movement”.
Other social media users have urged anyone displaying a black screen during the protest to remove the hashtags #BLM and #BlackLivesMatter from their messages.
Twitter user Anthony James Williams wrote: “Stop posting the black squares under the #BlackLivesMatter tag on Instagram.” “It intentionally and unintentionally hides the important information we use in the field and on the Internet … Tell me how it helps black people. No, it makes things worse. Tell your friends and family to stop.”
What is Blackout Tuesday?
As protests and unrest surrounding the death of George Floyd continue in the United States, a movement has been launched by music leaders Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang, who wrote on a site that Tuesday, June 2 would one day to suspend all business and take a stand against “racism and inequalities that exist from the council room to the boulevard”.
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Do you express solidarity with George Floyd?