Protests have broken out across the United States and various other parts of the world over the death of George Floyd, a Black American citizen from Minneapolis who was murdered in police custody.
The protests against police brutality upon people of colour have been continuing even post the arrest of the police officer who has been booked with the murder of Floyd.
Seeing anguish amongst the people, global tech companies from around the world have sounded off showing their support against racism towards the Black community, violence in the US, and the death of George Floyd.
I work at Facebook and I am not proud of how we’re showing up. The majority of coworkers I’ve spoken to feel the same way. We are making our voice heard.— Jason Toff (@jasontoff) June 1, 2020
Initially, Facebook hadn’t issued any statement or reacted to what was happening but a series of tweets by the company’s employees prompted a response from company CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
"We stand with the Black community – and all those working towards justice in honour of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and far too many others whose names will not be forgotten. " - Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, Facebook
“To help in this fight, I know Facebook needs to do more to support equality and safety for the Black community through our platforms," he added.
The social network was embroiled in a controversy recently after it failed to take down a statement by US President Donald Trump that was interpreted as a threat and potential incitement to violence against citizens.
Twitter had taken the statement down saying it was violating the company policy.
Today on US Google & YouTube homepages we share our support for racial equality in solidarity with the Black community and in memory of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery & others who don’t have a voice. For those feeling grief, anger, sadness & fear, you are not alone. pic.twitter.com/JbPCG3wfQW— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) May 31, 2020
Google and Alphabet CEO, Sundar Pichai, also posted his reactions on Twitter and said that the company offers its “support for racial equality in solidarity with the Black community.”
The Google homepage displayed the black ribbon with a statement reading “We stand in support of racial equality, and those who search for it.”
YouTube also echoed a similar reaction and said it will be pledging $1M in support of the efforts to address social injustice.
We stand in solidarity against racism and violence. When members of our community hurt, we all hurt. We’re pledging $1M in support of efforts to address social injustice.— YouTube (@YouTube) May 30, 2020
Amazon & Microsoft
Tech giants from the US state of Seattle, Amazon and Microsoft, also issued statements this weekend in solidarity with the Black community and over the death of George Floyd.
Amazon says that the brutal treatment of Black people in the US must come to a halt.
Also, Microsoft post remarks from the company CEO Satya Nadella on LinkedIn and even the company’s former CEO Steve Ballmer took to Twitter to show his support.
"“We need to recognize that we are better, smarter and stronger when we consider the voices, the actions of all communities, and you have my assurance that Microsoft will continue to advocate to have all those voices heard and respected.” " - Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft
“Have empathy for those who are scared and uncertain, and join me and everyone on the senior leadership team, in advocating for change in our company, in our communities, and in society at large.”, he said in his statement.
I am so so sad about #GeorgeFloyd and feel for his family. I am also angry. Everyone in America deserves to live without fear. We need to treat people equally, fairly, respectfully— especially blacks who often get treated so poorly.— Steve Ballmer (@Steven_Ballmer) May 30, 2020
Twitter has also come out in support of the fight against racism. As an aggregator, the company helps a lot of people carry their messages around the world which is why it is important that it offers support in these testing times.
Racism does not adhere to social distancing.— Twitter Together (@TwitterTogether) May 29, 2020
Amid the already growing fear and uncertainty around the pandemic, this week has again brought attention to something perhaps more pervasive: the long-standing racism and injustices faced by Black and Brown people on a daily basis. pic.twitter.com/8zKPlDnacY
TikTok which is the largest short-video making app right now and has over a billion users around the world has also expressed its take on the current situation.
Apple CEO Tim Cook also spoke out about the issue and said that the situation in “Minneapolis is grieving for a reason.”
Minneapolis is grieving for a reason. To paraphrase Dr. King, the negative peace which is the absence of tension is no substitute for the positive peace which is the presence of justice. Justice is how we heal.— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) May 29, 2020
The outpouring of solidarity continues to pour in amid the protests in the US. Follow updates from The Quint for the latest on the protests in the US.
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