June 1 (UPI) — A group of technology companies in Silicon Valley and Seattle have supported protesters and funded social justice groups aftermedia reported that George Floyd, a black Man, had died in a violent law enforcement death by a white police officer, leading to demonstrations and riots across the Country.
Twitter changed its acronym to “#BlackLivesMatter” (Black Lives Matter means “Black Lives Matter” and Alphabet’s Google page posted the words, “We support racial equality and all those who seek racial equality.” YouTube, Google’s video site, said it would donate $1 million “to support efforts to tackle social injustice.” “
Several major streaming services, such as Netflix, Amazon’s Prime Video, Walt Disney Co.’s Hulu and HBO Max, which owns AT?amp;T, and Quibi and Amazon’s Twitch, have tweeted their solidarity with the protesters.
Among them, Netflix says, “Silence is complicit.” Black lives are also lives. We have a platform where we have a responsibility to speak up for our black members, employees, creators, and talent. “
Executives at these companies have also commented.
Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber’s chief executive, tweeted Sunday local time that he stood up to the black community and protested the injustice and racism that has long plagued the United States, and hoped that everyone would do everything possible to combat bigotry and change the situation. ‘Obviously, the only way to change the status quo is to reform the system we have today, ‘ he said.
He announced that the company will donate $1 million to @eji_org and @PolicingEquity for the Organization for Fair ness to support their important role in advancing justice in the United States.
A statement released Saturday local time by Microsoft shared a message of “resonance and sympathy” from Satya Nadella, the company’s chief executive.
“Today, on the front page of our Google and YouTube, we are speaking out in support of racial equality, in solidarity with the black community, and in honor of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbeybe and others who have been treated unfairly,” Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai tweeted Sunday morning local time. For those who feel pain, anger, sadness, and fear, you are not alone. “
“Justice is our way of healing,” Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted last week. He was the first tech executive to speak out for the protesters.
The city of Minneapolis, he said, was grieving, and Martin Luther King, the leader of the Black Civil Rights Movement, argued that the best way to fight for rights was “not a negative resistance to evil” but “positive, nonviolent resistance to evil.” (Tianmen Mountain)