Tim Cook reportedly told employees that Apple would make donations to several civil rights groups.
Apple, Facebook and YouTube have all pledged donations to groups battling racial injustice after the death of George Floyd sparked unrest across the US. In a memo to Apple employees, as reported by Bloomberg, CEO Tim Cook promised that Apple would make donations to several groups, including the Equal Justice Initiative, and match all employee donations two-for-one. The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a Sunday post that the social network is “committing an additional $10 million” to such groups, and noted that it’s working with civil rights advisers and employees to figure out the ideal recipients. He also expressed gratitude to Darnella Frazier for posting the video of Floyd’s encounter with police.Read more: Jack Dorsey, Mark Zuckerberg and the fight for social media’s soulIntel on Sunday pledged $1 million, CEO Bob Swan noted in a memo, and encouraged employees to donate the Black Lives Matter Foundation, the Center for Policing Equity and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.It’s also why today Intel is pledging $1 million in support of efforts to address social injustice and anti-racism across various nonprofits and community organizations. I also encourage employees to consider donating to organizations focused on equity and social justice, including the Black Lives Matter Foundation, the Center for Policing Equity and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, all of which are eligible for Intel’s Donation Matching Program.Google-owned YouTube tweeted its promise of $1 million in support on Saturday. “We stand in solidarity against racism and violence. When members of our community hurt, we all hurt,” it wrote.
We stand in solidarity against racism and violence. When members of our community hurt, we all hurt. We’re pledging $1M in support of efforts to address social injustice.— YouTube (@YouTube) May 30, 2020
The nationwide protests followed Floyd’s death in Minneapolis on May 25. In Frazier’s video, a police officer was seen pressing his knee on the handcuffed 46-year-old’s neck for several minutes. Floyd was taken away in an ambulance, and later pronounced dead.