Twitter has changed its official corporate account logo on the social media platform from blue to black on Sunday in a show of solidarity to the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, while in police custody.
Twitter also added the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag to its bio line on its main account.
Civil unrest flared and curfews were imposed in several major US cities on Saturday as demonstrators took to the streets to vent outrage at the death of Floyd.
Watch: Protests and looting erupt in major cities across the #US after the killing of unarmed black man #GeorgeFloyd at the hands of a white police offer.— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) May 31, 2020
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Nations around the world have watched in horror at the five days of civil unrest in the United States following the death of Floyd. But they have not been surprised.
Racism-tinged events no longer startle even America’s closest allies, though many have watched coverage of the often-violent protests with growing unease. Burning cars and riot police in the US featured on newspaper front pages around the globe Sunday — bumping news of the COVID-19 pandemic to second-tier status in some places.
On Friday, Twitter hid a tweet by US President Donald Trump behind a warning for the first time, accusing him of breaking its rules by “glorifying violence” in a message that said looters at protests in Minneapolis would be shot.
(With The Associated Press and Reuters)