Social media company Twitter has joined Google in declaring their support for “racial justice,” tweeing a statement on their official account declaring that “tragedies must lead to action.”
— Twitter (@twitter) July 8, 2016
The company’s tweet was tagged with the names of Anton Sterling and Philando Castile, and echoed a statement released a few hours earlier from Google, in which the tech company declared “solidarity in the fight for racial justice.” It was released shortly before the outbreak of anti-police violence in Dallas, Texas.
In the wake of the shootings of Sterling and Castile, Twitter has been deluged with calls for anti-police violence. As reported earlier by Breitbart, many of these threats, including one from a verified user saying he wants to “kill 100 cops,” remain hosted on the platform. Twitter has yet to suspend, ban, or in any way sanction the accounts making these threats.
The tweet in support of “racial justice” has so far attracted over 3,400 retweets and over 4,500 likes, but not everyone received the message well. “You might want to rethink your marketing strategy” said one Twitter use shortly after news of the Dallas attacks spread. “5 cops are dead.”
“You have been spending too much time with Deray,” said another user, in a reference to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s close relationship with DeRay Mckesson, the Black Lives Matter leader.
Another user, who received over 350 retweets and 650 likes for his comment, said that Twitter should start “cracking down on violent hate speech on Twitter” if it “actually wanted to do something about racial justice.” It’s unclear whether the user was referring to the violent threats and incitement to violence against policemen that Twitter has allowed to spread over its platform in the last few days.