Updated: Jun 15, 2020
Spotify has joined action during Blackout Tuesday, a social media initiative dedicated to protesting racism.
Spotify explained, “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,”
Spotify is also pausing all of its social media and the company has also pledged to promote the black artists and podcasters featured on the music streaming service with specially curated playlists.
A blogpost from Spotify elaborated, “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.”
The length of the moment of silence being added to the playlists is exactly equal to the amount of time a that George Floyd was pinned down by the neck, resulting in his death and sparking protests across the world and in over 150 cities in the US.