Facebook to review policy after outcry over Trump posts

  • Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive of Facebook, has promised to review the social network’s policies that led to its decision to not moderate controversial messages posted by the US president that appeared to encourage violence against those protesting against police racism.
  • Protests continue over police brutality as several United States cities hold memorials to honour George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who was killed by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25.
  • California’s governor has ordered the state police training programme to stop teaching officers how to use a hold that can block the flow of blood to the brain.
  • Seattle’s mayor has banned the city’s police force from using tear gas in protests.

    Saturday, June 6

    12:05 GMT – Tokyo protesters condemn killing of George Floyd

    Protesters gathered in Tokyo on Saturday, as global demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd spread to Japan, a nation not usually associated with mass discontent or police violence.

    In front of Shibuya train station, an iconic landmark in Tokyo, people held signs that said, “End racism,” and “We stand with you”.

    Although the turnout was a fraction of the thousands in American and European cities, the effort was symbolically significant for a nation, where conformity is valued and challenging authority is relatively rare.

    09:30 GMT – LA Galaxy drop Aleksandar Katai after wife’s ‘racist and violent’ Instagram posts

    Serbian footballer Aleksandar Katai has been released by LA Galaxy after his wife posted “racist and violent” messages on social media.

    The Galaxy announced their decision to “mutually part ways” with their new winger on Friday in a one-sentence news release.

    Tea Katai made the posts on her Instagram story earlier this week. The posts included a photo with a caption written in Serbian urging police to “kill” protesters, another referring to protesters as “disgusting cattle,” and a third sharing a racist meme.

    The Galaxy met with Aleksandar Katai on Thursday. He disavowed his wife’s posts late Wednesday night, saying the “views are not ones that I share and are not tolerated in my family”. 

    Galaxy fans have been calling for his dismissal. On Thursday, a handful of fans gathered by the David Beckham statue outside the club’s stadium holding a banner reading “No Racists in Our Club”.

    08:50 GMT – ‘We were wrong’: NFL’s Goodell regrets stance on player protests

    Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the United States’s National Football League (NFL), has said the league made mistakes in not listening to players, in a video denouncing racism in the country amid widespread protests over police brutality against Black people.

    “We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest,” Goodell said in the video published on Friday.

    “We, the National Football League, believe black lives matter.”

    10:20 GMT – Thousands attend Black Lives Matter protests in Melbourne, Adelaide

    Thousands of demonstrators held mostly peaceful protests across Australia Saturday to honour the memory of George Floyd and to protest the deaths of indigenous Australians in custody. 

    Black Lives Matter protesters poured into downtown Melbourne amid a strong police presence, with aerial footage showing the true scale of the march.

  • Indigenous Australians make up two percent of the adult population but 27 percent of the prison population [Lisa Maree Williams/Getty]

    In Adelaide, crowds filled the city’s Victoria Square after police gave special permission for the event to proceed despite COVID-19 restrictions.

    The march through the city was held after the police commissioner approved the rally on Friday.

    South Australia Police Assistant Commissioner Peter Harvey said he was “very pleased” with how the “exceptionally good behaviour by everyone who was here today”.

    08:00 GMT – 30,000 attend Brisbane rally

    Organisers of Australia’s Black Lives Matter rallies said about 30,000 people gathered in Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, forcing police to close down two major streets. 

    The rally appeared orderly as police handed out masks to protesters and other officials provided hand sanitisers.

    A Maori group did a traditional haka, or war dance, during the Brisbane protest. The large crowd later marched to a local police precinct, some chanting: “They say justice, we say murder.”

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