Twitter has changed its display and cover photos and has also introduced an emoji to support the ‘Black Lives Matter’ campaign. The official Twitter account now shows the Twitter bird in Black while the cover photo is just a Black band. Also, there is a new emoji when you tweet with #BlackLivesMatter.
Twitter has also been vocal about the mental health issues that the Black community may be facing and is offering self-care tips. “The emotional toll of engaging in current events and fighting for justice can be staggering, particularly for the Black community. If you find yourself in need of help, here is a collection of resources and advice designed to support your mental health,” said Twitter.
Earlier Twitter had retweeted a post on May 29 from Twitter Together which said, “Racism does not adhere to social distancing. Amid the already growing fear and uncertainty around the pandemic, this week has again brought attention to something perhaps more pervasive: the long-standing racism and injustices faced by Black and Brown people on a daily basis.”
Meanwhile, Twitter recently extended its support to the ‘KeepItOn’ campaign by dedicating an emoji to raise awareness among users about Internet blackouts being used as a tool to repress dissent. The “#KeepItOn” online movement is supported by over 200 organisations across 75 countries. The campaign is supported by research centres, rights and local advocacy groups, detection networks, and media organisations fighting against Internet shutdowns.

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