Popular streaming services; Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, and Amazon together supports Blackout Tuesday.

Popular streaming services; Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, and Amazon together supports Blackout Tuesday.

Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and YouTube Music together support “Blackout Tuesday” with some playlists, moments of silence, and social media blackouts.

According to The Verge, The campaign is aimed at protesting police violence and racism as well as honoring George Floyd, whose death at the hands of police has sparked universal outcry and demonstrations in US cities and around the world

Playlists and podcasts on Spotify will add an 8 minute and 46 second moment of silence in selection.

The moment of silence is the length of the moment of silence is tantamount to the amount of time Derek Chauvin, former Minneapolis police officer committed the act that resulted in Floyd’s death; pinning Floyd down by the neck with his knee.

From 9to5Mac reports, radio programming, Regular Beats 1 by Apple Music has also been canceled and rather in the line of promoting a streaming station that celebrates music produced by black artists.

Playlist “For Us, By Us” is one of its most regularly recommended and most shown in its radio tabs. However, users can still access their music libraries and the Apple Music catalog as it has always been.

In a tweet by Amazon Music, they also in the pledge of support of the movement, added that all social media for the day will be paused.

YouTube Music in their tweet, showed their support as it previously pledged to donate $1 million to the Center for Policing Equity.

In a blogpost, Spotify wrote, “June 2nd is Black Out Tuesday, a day of collective disconnect from work meant to help people reflect and come together in support of the Black community. On this day — and every day — Spotify will support our employees, friends, partners, artists, and creators in the fight against racism, injustice, and inequity, _We are using the power of our platform to stand with Black creators, amplify their voices, and accelerate meaningful conversation and long-needed change. As a result, you’ll notice some changes on Spotify starting at 12:01 AM on Tuesday.”


Tosin Agboola

Reporter with Ouut Africa.

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