In an effort to demonstrate “solidarity against racism and violence,” YouTube said in a statement that it would be donating $1 million to the Center for Policing Equity (CFPE). A non-profit research think tank, the CFPE employs research scientists, race and equity experts, and community leaders to build a more fair and just system using data. The organization works directly with police departments to address discriminatory practices and make changes with the data they’ve pooled.
Although it’s no secret that racial issues have surrounded TikTok since the Chinese-based company began to gain widescale popularity in the states, the company is working to gain the trust of its black users. This week, TikTok has plans to launch a “Creator Diversity Council” that it says will work at “recognizing and uplifting the voices driving culture, creativity, and important conversations on the platform.” This is largely to combat concerns that the company’s algorithm works against amplifying black creatives.
Additionally, TikTok has pledged a $3 million donation to non-profits that directly support the black community along with a separate $1 million donation to address “racial injustice and inequality.” In regards to distrust within the black creative community, TikTok has this to say: “We appreciate being held accountable. We know that getting to a place of trust will take work, but we are dedicated to doing our part as we continue to foster a space where everyone is seen and heard.”
Snapchat this week announced that it would remove President Trump’s account from its discovery page due to his negative comments regarding Black Lives Matter protests. Mr. Trump’s profile, which has approximately 1.5 million followers, will no longer appear on the discovery page that showcases elected officials, celebrities, and others of significant influence. Snapchat had this to say about their powerful decision to minimize these negative comments:
“We are not currently promoting the president’s content on Snapchat’s Discover platform. We will not amplify voices who incite racial violence and injustice by giving them free promotion on Discover. Racial violence and injustice have no place in our society and we stand together with all who seek peace, love, equality, and justice in America.”