From hashtags to donations, Google, Netflix and other tech companies voice support for protesters

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As protests stemming from the death of George Floyd wrack the nation, a number of leading tech companies have offered their support for demonstrators and funding for social-justice organizations.

Twitter Inc.
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changed its profile bio to read simply “#BlackLivesMatter,” while Alphabet Inc.’s
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Google said on its main search page: “We stand in support of racial equality, and all those who search for it.”

Google’s YouTube said it would donate $1 million “in support of efforts to address social injustice.”

Major streaming services — such as Netflix Inc.
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, Amazon.com Inc.’s
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Prime Video, Walt Disney Co.
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-controlled Hulu and AT&T’s
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HBO Max, as well as Quibi and Amazon’s Twitch — tweeted that they stand in solidarity with protesters, with Netflix saying: “To be silent is to be complicit.”

Executives also spoke out.

“My hope is that if each of us recommits to doing all we can to counter bigotry wherever we see it, change will follow,” Dara Khosrowshahi, chief executive of Uber Technologies Inc.
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, tweeted Sunday, as he announced the company would donate $1 million to the Equal Justice Initiative and the Center for Policing Equity.

In a statement Saturday, Microsoft Corp.
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shared CEO Satya Nadella’s message of “empathy and compassion.”

“For those feeling grief, anger, sadness & fear, you are not alone,” Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said in a Sunday morning tweet.

Apple Inc.
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CEO Tim Cook was one of the first executives to speak out, tweeting last week: “Justice is how we heal.”

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