Here's why people are posting black pictures on Twitter and Instagram

If images posted on Twitter and Instagram suddenly appear black, don't worry, your phone is fine.
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If images posted on Twitter and Instagram suddenly appear black, don't worry, your phone is fine.

Posting black images to the websites has become a form of protest to the election of Donald Trump as president, with social media users using the "blackout" to declare their opposition to his values.

Wired reports that users started posting the pictures shortly after Donald Trump gave his victory speech in New York, and spread to other sites including Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.

Bustle suggests that the black pictures and profile images are being used as a "symbol of dark times."

Some of the bigger trends on social media being used by those unhappy with the result include #HesNotMyPresident and #TwitterBlackout, and these are being used a lot in conjunction with the black images.

Singer and Clinton supporter Katy Perry is among those getting involved.

The protest comes at a time when Democratic leaders are calling not only for their voters to regroup and reorganize, but also to show unity with fellow Americans who voted differently.

Among them was President Obama, who had this to say on Wednesday:

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