As protests have continued across the nation in response to the killings of George Floyd, social media has become an integral part of spreading awareness about racial discrimination across the world while also serving as a place for people to plan and coordinate protests.
All of the major platforms have made statements regarding the situation and have vowed to make systematic changes. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently made his thoughts public in a post on Facebook and also announced that the company would donate $10 million to racial justice organizations.
In his post Zuckerberg wrote,
“I believe our platforms can play a positive role in helping to heal the divisions in our society, and I’m committed to making sure our work pulls in this direction. To all of you who have already worked tirelessly on ideas to improve, I thank you. You’re making a difference, and together we’ll make a difference.”
At Twitter, the company changed its official Twitter bio to a Black Lives Matter tribute, and Jack Dorsey, pledged $3 million to an anti-racism organization started by Colin Kaepernick, the former N.F.L. quarterback. Dorsey has been at the forefront of both the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movements.
Dorsey planned to donate $1 billion, or just under a third of his total wealth, to relief programs related to COVID-19, in one of the more significant efforts by a tech billionaire to fight the pandemic.
YouTube addressed the problem too. CEO, Susan Wojcicki, wrote in a blog post that “we believe Black lives matter and we all need to do more to dismantle systemic racism.” YouTube also announced it would start a $100 million fund for black creators.
Furthermore, their Spotlight channel will highlight racial justice issues, including the latest perspectives from the Black community on YouTube alongside historical content, educational videos, and protest coverage. This content showcases incredibly important stories about the centuries-long fight for equity and will run through the month of June.