A number of large tech companies have taken action after the storm of Trump supporters inside the Washington, DC Capitol. Facebook, Amazon and other corporations said they are pausing some of their political donations for the time being.
After supporters of Donald Trump forcibly stormed the seat of the legislative congress in Washington, DC last week, almost all social media platforms decided to block the accounts of the current president. This had previously incited his followers to the riots and repeated his unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud several times.
A number of large tech companies are now drawing further conclusions. Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft, among others, said they wanted to interrupt some of their political donations in the wake of the events.
Facebook and Microsoft suspend all PAC posts for the current quarter
Facebook said it would suspend all contributions from the PAC (Political Action Committee) at least for the first quarter of 2021. Facebook spokesperson Daniel Roberts said in a statement to The Verge:
Following last week’s awful violence in DC, we are pausing all of our PAC contributions for at least the current quarter, while we review our policies.
Microsoft also wants to interrupt its political donations for the time being. This is the usual procedure in the first quarter of a new congress. But the company now wants to take additional steps to take into account the events of the past week. Microsoft got caught in the past repeatedly in criticismTo financially support politicians who contradict the official values of the company.
Amazon stops donations to certain MPs
Amazon also gave according to Reuters started to interrupt some of his donations. Specifically, no more contributions should flow to MPs who voted against the certification of the elected President Joe Biden. Amazon spokeswoman Jodi Seth said:
Given the unacceptable attempt to undermine a legitimate democratic process, the Amazon PAC has suspended contributions to any member of Congress who voted to override the results of the U.S. presidential election.
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