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Tech companies issue statements of solidarity, make donations over George Floyd protests

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Shopify is donating $500,000 to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP) Legal Defense Fund and $250,000 each to the Black Health Alliance and to Campaign Zero, which campaigns against police violence in the U.S. Facebook will give US$10 million to “groups working on racial justice.” Verizon is also donating US$10 million, in part to the NAACP. Snap CEO Evan Spiegel sent a memo to staff calling for a Commission on Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations, as well as higher corporate and estate taxes to address racial and wealth inequality. (The Logic, CNN)

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Talking point: Some technology companies have released statements asserting that Black lives matter, condemning racism or calling for more equal justice. Many did not directly cite Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s alleged murder of George Floyd, the cause of the weekend’s protests, and few directly addressed police violence and their use of force against Black people. Fewer still directly addressed the ways their own technology has been used to perpetuate racism, state violence and civil rights abuses. For example, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has refused to label or remove a post from U.S. President Donald Trump, which threatened that the National Guard would shoot looters in Minnesota.