Snapchat and Facebook join chorus of companies condemning George Floyd death and racism

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Facebook and Snap have become the latest US companies condemning racial inequality in the US as violent protests flared up across major cities over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while in police custody last week.

KEY POINTS

  • Snapchat and Facebook join Intel, Netflix, Google, IBM and a string of prominent companies to call our racism and make a public stance on the death of George Floyd
  • Some tech companies have struggled to quell concerns about discrimination in their own workplaces
  • Facebook employees on CEO Mark Zuckerberg to take stronger action against an inflammatory post by US President Donald J Trump

The two tech companies followed Intel, Netflix, Google, IBM and Nike in taking a public stance against Floyd’s death, calling out discrimination against African-Americans.

But tech companies such as Facebook and Google for years have struggled to quell concerns about discrimination against African-Americans in their own workplaces, and black engineers remain underrepresented in their workforces relative to the US population.

The challenges are not expected to ease as the novel coronavirus pandemic forces the companies to slow hiring and work remotely for months to come.

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Facebook employees on Monday urged CEO Mark Zuckerberg to take stronger action against an inflammatory post last week by US President Donald J Trump about the Minneapolis protests.

But Zuckerberg already said in a Friday post that Facebook would not take action on the post. He said Facebook will commit $10 million to organisations working on racial justice.

Floyd’s death has renewed outrage across the US on the treatment of African-Americans by authorities, polarising the country politically and racially.

“We cannot end systemic racism without simultaneously creating opportunity for all people, regardless of their background,” Snap CEO Evan Spiegel told employees in an Email criticising racism and calling for increased taxes “to create a society that benefits all of us.”

Twitter, which last week was at the centre of a fight with Trump over its actions on his tweets, including a warning over one about the protests, added the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter to its account bio on the site. The US Google and YouTube homepages bore a notice saying they stood in support of racial equality.

On Friday, Nike flipped its iconic slogan to raise awareness about racism.

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“For Once, Don’t Do It. Don’t pretend there’s not a problem in America. Don’t turn your back on racism,” the company said in a video that has over six million views on Twitter and was shared by celebrities and rival Adidas.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed the ‘Snapchat and Facebook join chorus of companies condemning George Floyd death and racism‘ article. Automatic translation from English to a growing list of languages via Google AI Cloud Translation. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Neha Malara and Munsif Vengattil in Bengaluru. Additional reporting by Elizabeth Culliford, Paresh Dave and Uday Sampath. Editing by Sweta Singh, Bernard Orr and Nick Zieminski.

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