It’s the month of February, and Americans are once again celebrating the Black History Month. To make this year’s celebration unique and different from the previous ones, Twitter has launched a bot. The bot, according to TNW, was created by a Twitter back employee resource group called @Blackbirds.
The bot, first to be created by an employee resource group at the microblogging company, will enable you interact with it by sending a Direct Message.
Speaking to Mashable, Shelby Williams, a member of Blackbirds said:
“We recognize the incredible impact of black people and culture on our platform every day, so we wanted to contribute to that conversation in a meaningful way during Black History Month through this bot.”
Below is how Twitter highlighted the new bot:
- Today in #BlackHistory shares one of three lesser known black history facts of the day.
- #ForTheCause highlights community events in major cities like New York, San Francisco and Atlanta.
- #SelfCare provides tips and support to help people put themselves first.
- #ForTheCulture highlights notable moments and content from black creators and driving voices on Twitter.
The bot was designed in such a way that people will only be able to interact via quick replies due to the fact that a lot of answers have already been preloaded by Twitter. It has also been preconfigured not to respond to racist tweets—and will in fact treat such as an invalid response.
On what inspired the team’s decision to build a bot to celebrate the Black History Month, Williams said:
“Self-love and community were big inspirations when we were building this chatbot, so we wanted to integrate them in a way that would be meaningful to users and allies alike.”
To celebrate this year’s Black History Month, the US President, Donald Trump has praised the efforts of Frederick Douglass and other famous black figures in the Civil Rights movements both in the present and in the past:
“During this month, we honor the tremendous history of the African Americans throughout our country – throughout the world, if you really think about it, right?” Trump, 70, said. “And their story is one of unimaginable sacrifice, hard work and faith in America.”
Dwelling specifically on Frederick Douglass, Trump said: “Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice. Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and millions more black Americans who made America what it is today. A big impact.”
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements of by black Americans. Every US President since 1976 has been involved in celebrating and honoring notable black achievers in the history of the country.