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Facebook commits $10M to fight justice for George Floyd

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Tech giants Facebook through its CEO Mark Zuckerberg has committed $10 million fight racial justice including that of George Floyd.

Zuckerberg issued a statement saying how the firm was standing with the Black Community and all those who passed away from racial injustice including George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and many others.

“The pain of the last week reminds us how far our country has to go to give every person the freedom to live with dignity and peace. It reminds us yet again that the violence Black people in America live with today is part of a long history of racism and injustice. We all have the responsibility to create change.

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We stand with the Black community — and all those working towards justice in honor of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and far too many others whose names will not be forgotten.

To help in this fight, I know Facebook needs to do more to support equality and safety for the Black community through our platforms.

As hard as it was to watch, I’m grateful that Darnella Frazier posted on Facebook her video of George Floyd’s murder because we all needed to see that. We need to know George Floyd’s name. But it’s clear Facebook also has more work to do to keep people safe and ensure our systems don’t amplify bias.

The organizations fighting for justice also need funding, so Facebook is committing an additional $10 million to groups working on racial justice. We’re working with our civil rights advisors and our employees to identify organizations locally and nationally that could most effectively use this right now.

I know that $10 million can’t fix this. It needs sustained, long term effort. One of the areas Priscilla and I have personally worked on and where racism and racial disparities are most profound is in the criminal justice system.

I haven’t talked much about our work on this, but the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has been one of the largest funders, investing ~$40 million annually for several years in organizations working to overcome racial injustice. Priscilla and I are committed to this work, and we expect to be in this fight for many years to come. This week has made it clear how much more there is to do.

I hope that as a country we can come together to understand all of the work that is still ahead and do what it takes to deliver justice — not just for families and communities that are grieving now, but for everyone who carries the burden of inequality.” Said Zuckerberg

Snap Inc. Intel Corp and Netflix also joined in condemning racism in the U.S that have seen protest in various cities including destruction of properties.

The protests have failed to cool down despite intervention by the Trump administration to impose curfews.

Evan Spiegel the CEO of Snap Chat called on the government to review corporate taxes especially on big companies.

He was speaking as he said injustice and racism will be dealt with if job opportunities are created irrespective of one’s background.

Nike on Sunday flipped its logo in support of justice saying it will be unfair if people pretend nothing is happening in America.

According to the short video that has been retweeted over 92,000, they said for once people should not do it.

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