Amid criticism, Facebook pledges $10 million to 'groups working on racial justice'

WION Web Team California, United States Jun 03, 2020, 09.21 AM(IST)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Photograph:( AFP )

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The commitment from Facebook follows more than a week of protests around the country challenging police brutality, spurred by the dissemination of a video on Facebook showing the death of George Floyd, an African American man who was killed by police officers in Minneapolis.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that his company will contribute $10 million to "groups working on racial justice," and telling followers that he's working with advisers and employees to find organizations that "could most effectively use this right now.''

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The commitment from Facebook follows more than a week of protests around the country challenging police brutality, spurred by the dissemination of a video on Facebook showing the death of George Floyd, an African American man who was killed by police officers in Minneapolis.

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Zuckerberg’s pledge comes after several prominent Facebook employees expressed their frustration with their company’s response on Twitter and only a few hours before a number of the company’s workers staged a virtual walkout.

Jason Toff, a director of product management at Facebook, wrote on Twitter:

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The move of the employees, critical of Zuckerberg's decision to leave Trump's most inflammatory verbiage unchallenged where Twitter had labeled it, is reminiscent of a 2018 walkout at Alphabet Inc's Google over sexual harassment.