Many tech giants in the US and worldwide including Facebook, Twitter, Google and Intel have voiced their support for the #BLM movement.
Many companies have recently taken their stance on this much discussed topic, vouching their support for Black Communities on various social media platforms. Amazon, Google, Intel and Microsoft and others have posted their own calls for action along with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter followed by a change in their avatars, covers, and even logos .
Music-related tech companies, like Youtube and Spotify, also participated in movements such as #BlackoutTuesday or #TheShowMustBePaused on May 2nd, where they suspended all online activities for 24 hours. These waves were initiated by two executives Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang as a form of protest in the music industry. Apple Music even canceled its Beat 1 radio schedule, and instead celebrated music from black artists.
In some cases, the support also comes in monetary forms. Facebook has pledged $10 million dollars to organizations tackling racism, alongside Google, Apple and Intel. According to Mark Zuckerberg, his shared charity with his wife, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, has also been investing about $40 million annually in organizations working against racial injustice.
Many tech ventures firms in the US such as Benchmark or Eniac Ventures are currently rushing to fund Black-owned companies in the industry, supporting these entrepreneurs in terms of both employment and investment. This will not only help these firms establish good relationships with black communities but also serve as a sign of solidarity and encouragement.
However, critics are questioning the effectiveness of these actions. Some even cast doubts over whether the intentions of these companies are pure. Therefore, more robust actions are needed by the tech industry, because statements have limits to their power and influence.
Source: Forbes.com, Techcrunch.com