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#BlackOutTuesday sweeps social media as US street protests escalate

The hashtag #BlackOutTuesday became the top trending item on Twitter as hundreds of thousands of businesses and individuals, including TV channels and celebrities, posted black screenshots to signal support for racial justice as street protests over the police killing of George Floyd entered a second week.

Many companies paused normal work and directed their efforts to support the work of Black Lives Matter and other social justice groups.

Streaming service Spotify highlighted the music of black artists, Sirius XM Radio said it would silence its music channels for three minutes, and Apple Music DJ Zane Lowe tweeted that he wouldn’t host his radio show but would be “listening, learning and looking for solutions to fight racial inequality.”

The death last week of Floyd, an unarmed black man, as a white police officer in Minneapolis pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck, unleashed a wave of outrage in cities around the United States about the treatment of black Americans, further polarising a country politically and racially.

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