The deadly police shooting of an Ohio teen has stirred Twitter into a protest for justice on Thursday.
The politically active Twitterverse also rallied behind Edward Snowden on the social network, pushing "Pardon Edward Snowden" to a top trending topic.
Our Social Cues feature sifts through Facebook and Twitter as your guide to what everyone's talking about online. Here is what's trending:
#TyreeKing: Outrage breaks out over an Ohio teen's police-involved death, with the hashtag of the boy's name among the top trending topics on Twitter. Columbus police shot and killed 13-year-old Tyree King after officers responded to an armed robbery and found the boy with a BB gun, CBS News reported. The King incident echoes the police-involved shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was killed in 2014 when Cleveland officers believed his BB gun was a deadly weapon.
Pardon Edward Snowden: Twitter is backing a campaign to pardon Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who revealed the government agency's widespread surveillance programs. Snowden made a public plea for a pardon to President Obama on Facebook Live during a press conference in New York on Wednesday while exiled in Russia. The White House is standing firm on its intention to prosecute Snowden, arguing that he has been charged with "serious crimes" for revealing the NSA's spying systems.
Peter Thiel: From Silicon Valley to the Supreme Court? Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reportedly wants PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel as a Supreme Court justice. The billionaire candidate "deeply loves Peter Thiel," according to a Huffington Post report. Apparently, so much that he wants the billionaire investor to help decide American constitutional issues. Twitter users blasted the idea, citing Thiel's shaky relationship with the First Amendment following his war with Gawker. Representatives for both Trump and Thiel have denied claims of any Supreme Court aspirations.
The Chainsmokers: Facebook users are going wild over a video showing the EDM producers working with Coldplay's Chris Martin. With more than 240,000 people raving over the possible collaboration between the two music heavyweights, the much-anticipated mashup might just break social media if it's ever released.
Senate of the Philippines: Facebook users are criticizing Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte as a "mafia... style president" and a "potential dictator." An ex-militiaman testified to the Philippine Senate on Thursday, accusing the president of ordering a death squad to kill nearly 1,000 people during his tenure as a city mayor, according to the Associated Press. Duterte, who has been criticized as the "Donald Trump of the Philippines" by the Washington Post, denied the claims.
PlayStation 4 Update: Sony's update to the PlayStation 4 on Tuesday gave the gaming console a makeover while adding new features for users, and folks are just processing it now. A massive new feature includes HDR support for all PS4s, as well as a layout redesign and folders for organizing your games.