This is why millions of people are posting black squares on Instagram

Today, millions of plain black squares have been posted to social media with the hashtag #blackouttuesday. This is why it’s happening.

Today, more than 28,000,000 Instagram users have shared a plain black square with the hashtag #blackouttuesday before resuming their normal social media feeds.

This move is in solidarity with today’s music business blackout supporting Black Lives Matter in the wake the murder of George Floyd, who was in police custody on May 25, 2017. Under the hashtag #TheShowMustBePaused, members of the music industry are pausing work for today to support the black community.

Since then, the movement has spread to other social media platforms like Instagram where the hashtag #BlackoutTuesday is popular.


Who supports Blackout Tuesday?

Blackout Tuesday has many fans on Instagram, including Rihanna and Katy Perry, Mariah Carey and Jamie Foxx. The movement has grown beyond the music industry and gained the support of tech companies like Netflix and Apple. It also dominates picture feeds around the world.


How you can get involved.

You can support Blackout Tuesday by posting a plain black photo on Instagram with the #blackouttuesday tag.

It is not recommended to use the hashtags #BlackLivesMatter and #BLM in this instance. This is because it reportedly overwhelms important images on the main Black Lives Matter feed, making it difficult for users to find other Black Lives Matter content.

There are many ways to go beyond that. Some people will not post for the day, while others plan to stay silent until June 7,.

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