Twitter Emoji Backs #EndSARS Protests

Twitter has launched an emoji in support of anti-police brutality protests in Nigeria.

The CEO of the social media platform, Jack Dorsey, tweeted the #EndSARS hashtag with the new emoji on Friday morning.

The emoji, a raised fist in the colours of the Nigerian flag, has already been widely used on the social media platform.

Meanwhile, the Twitter account of Nigeria’s broadcasting authority has been hacked.

The hackers are sharing messages in support of the protests.

This is the second week of demonstrations against police in brutality which started online and have spread to the streets of cities across Nigeria and abroad, including in London and Berlin.

The protests initially called for the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars), a police unit widely accused of extortion, torture and extra-judicial killings.

However following an announcement by President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday that the unit would be dissolved, protesters have called for further reforms, including compensation for the families of victims and better funding for the police.



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