As the USA flares up in nationwide protests and riots in response to the death of George Lloyd last week at the hands of a white police officer in an alleged act of racism, American companies are making their stand clear online.
As individuals across social media stage virtual protests, walkouts, and change their profile images to all black in an event being called the “BlackTuesday”, corporate America too is doing its bit. In an unprecedented show of solidarity with the Black community against a case of systemic racism in the country, brands across sizes and industries have been taking a stand against racism and showing their support for the Black Lives Matter movement across their social media and other communication channels.
In a first of such moves by a politician, the US president Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order that decrees a number of changes in how major social media platforms – mainly Twitter, Facebook and Youtube police and restrict certain content posted on their platforms.
The official order that was shared by Trump himself on Twitter seeks to hold tech companies responsible for being publishers, and limit their role in censoring content – especially of a political nature that goes against their own political leanings.
In what seems to have been an overnight cleanup operation by Google, the Android parent has deleted upto 8 million low-ratings left by TikTok users on its app. Last week after an outrage after some of the content posted on TikTok, users had hit it with thousands of 1* rating and negative reviews, bringing down its original rating from a 4.4 star to a 1.1. As of today, the Tiktok rating on Playstore is back to being 4.4 again.
While there has been no public communication from Google about this, the ratings have jumped back up after negative reviews were deleted by Google.
In what’s probably the first of the many revolutionary changes induced by CoViD19, Shopify has announced that it would keep its offices closed until 2021 and then move to being an almost digital-office only permanently. Tobi Lutke, the CEO of the ecommerce backend company, announced this in a series of tweets today.