Tag: Corporate Social Responsibility

Uighur Lives Matter

There is a “climate of terror around having children” among China’s oppressed Uighur Muslim minority, according to a horrifying Associated Press report published on Monday. Over the last four years, the government has spent hundreds of millions to suppress the birth rate of Uighurs and other Muslims. Men have been imprisoned for having too many […]

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Reddit, Acting Against Hate Speech, Bans ‘The_Donald’ Subreddit

SAN FRANCISCO — Reddit, one of the largest social networking and message board websites, on Monday banned its biggest community devoted to President Trump as part of an overhaul of its hate speech policies. The community or “subreddit,” called “The_Donald,” is home to more than 790,000 users who post memes, viral videos and supportive messages […]

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‘PizzaGate’ Conspiracy Theory Thrives Anew in the TikTok Era

WASHINGTON — Four minutes into a video that was posted on Instagram last month, Justin Bieber leaned into the camera and adjusted the front of his black knit beanie. For some of his 130 million followers, it was a signal. In the video, someone had posted a comment asking Mr. Bieber to touch his hat […]

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Facebook Adds Labels for Some Posts as Advertisers Pull Back

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook rolled out measures on Friday to add more context to problematic political posts on its site, as the social network grappled with a growing outcry from some of its largest advertisers over the issue of hateful speech. Facebook said it would attach labels to all posts across its network that discuss […]

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Facebook Adds Labels for Some Posts as Advertisers Pull Back

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook rolled out measures on Friday to add more context to problematic political posts on its site, as the social network grappled with a growing outcry from some of its largest advertisers over the issue of hateful speech. Facebook said it would attach labels to all posts across its network that discuss […]

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America Is Facing 5 Epic Crises All at Once

There are five gigantic changes happening in America right now. The first is that we are losing the fight against Covid-19. Our behavior doesn’t have anything to do with the reality around us. We just got tired so we’re giving up. Second, all Americans, but especially white Americans, are undergoing a rapid education on the […]

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Income and Wealth Inequality Has Devastated American Workers

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Calls Rise Inside Amazon to Address Racial Inequity

SEATTLE — Last week, Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, wrote a rare note to all of the company’s employees. His leadership team had been reflecting on the “systemic racism” facing black communities, he said, and he urged employees to take time to learn and reflect on Juneteenth, the holiday marking the end of slavery in […]

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From Cosmetics to NASCAR, Calls for Racial Justice Are Spreading

The reckonings have been swift and dizzying. On Monday, it was the dictionary, with Merriam-Webster saying it was revising its entry on racism to illustrate the ways in which it “can be systemic.” On Tuesday, the University of Washington removed the coach of its dance team after the only two black members of the group […]

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Walmart Says It Will No Longer Lock Up African-American Beauty Products

Walmart will end its practice of locking up African-American beauty care products in glass cases, the retail giant said on Wednesday after a fresh round of criticism that the policy was a form of racial discrimination. Hair care and beauty products sold predominantly to black people could be accessed at certain stores only by getting […]

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Twitter and Square Make Juneteenth a Company Holiday

Twitter and Square on Tuesday designated Juneteenth, which celebrates the end of slavery in America, as a company holiday — the latest conciliatory overtures by major corporations since the widespread protests over police brutality and the death of George Floyd. The initiative was announced on social media by Jack Dorsey, the chief executive and a […]

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What It Looks Like Inside an Amazon Warehouse Now

KENT, Wash. — After months of being embattled over its response to the coronavirus, Amazon is working to convince the public that its workplaces — specifically, the warehouses where it stores everything from toys to hand sanitizer — are safe during the pandemic. The giant internet retailer has started running television ads that show that […]

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Top U.K. Tea Brands Urge #Solidaritea With Anti-Racism Protests

LONDON — The outcry over racial and social injustice that grew in the United States after the killing of George Floyd by the police in Minneapolis has quickly spread across the globe. Now the argument has spilled into one of the staples of British life: tea. After some on the right called for a boycott […]

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Early Facebook Employees Disavow Zuckerberg’s Stance on Trump Posts

SAN FRANCISCO — Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, faced fresh criticism on Wednesday as nearly three dozen people who worked at the social network in its early years called out his decision to leave President Trump’s aggressive posts on the site unaltered. The former employees said in an open letter that Mr. Zuckerberg’s position was […]

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Snapchat Stopped Promoting Trump Account

WASHINGTON — Snap said on Wednesday that it has stopped promoting the Snapchat account of President Trump after determining that his public comments off the site could incite violence, in another hardened stance by a social media company against the president. Snap, which makes the Snapchat app that is popular among young users, said Mr. […]

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Corporate Voices Get Behind ‘Black Lives Matter’ Cause

As tensions flared around the country after George Floyd’s death under a policeman’s knee, protesters received support from an unexpected corner: corporate America. Companies like Nike, Twitter and Citigroup have aligned themselves with the Black Lives Matter movement. As Netflix posted on Twitter on Saturday: “To be silent is to be complicit. Black lives matter. […]

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Twitter Had Been Drawing a Line for Months When Trump Crossed It

OAKLAND, Calif. — Jack Dorsey was up late Thursday at his home in San Francisco talking online with his executives when their conversation was interrupted: President Trump had just posted another inflammatory message on Twitter. Tensions between Twitter, where Mr. Dorsey is chief executive, and Mr. Trump had been running high for days over the […]

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Defying Trump, Twitter Doubles Down on Labeling Tweets

OAKLAND, Calif. — Twitter on Thursday added new fact-checking labels to hundreds of tweets, even as the Trump administration prepared an executive order to curtail the legal protections that shield social media companies from liability for the content posted on their platforms. Twitter’s move escalated the confrontation between the company and President Trump, who has […]

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Twitter Comes Under Attack From Trump’s Supporters

OAKLAND, Calif. — Not long after Twitter added a warning label to two of President Trump’s tweets on Tuesday, his supporters swung into action. On Twitter, Mr. Trump’s adherents targeted one of the company’s executives for old tweets in which he had criticized the president and other Republicans. On Capitol Hill, lawmakers including Senator Marco […]

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Hydrogen as Fuel? An Italian Pasta Factory Shows How It Could Work

CONTURSI TERME, Italy — In the hills near Naples, something unusual was taking place at a pasta factory one day in February. In a nearby olive grove, engineers in safety gear had hooked up tanks of a hydrogen and natural gas mixture to an existing gas line. It fed the boiler that provided the heat […]

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TikTok Broke Privacy Promises, Children’s Groups Say

TikTok, the popular app for making and sharing short videos, has flouted an agreement it made with the Federal Trade Commission to protect the privacy of children on the service, a coalition of 20 children’s and consumer groups said on Thursday. Last year, TikTok agreed to make major changes to settle charges that one of […]

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How My Boss Monitors Me While I Work From Home

LONDON — On April 23, I started work at 8:49 a.m., reading and responding to emails, browsing the news and scrolling Twitter. At 9:14 a.m., I made changes to an upcoming story and read through interview notes. By 10:09 a.m., work momentum lost, I read about the Irish village where Matt Damon was living out […]

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Trump’s Disinfectant Talk Trips Up Sites’ Vows Against Misinformation

SAN FRANCISCO — Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, said in March that promoting bleach as a cure for the coronavirus was “misinformation that has imminent risk of danger” and that such messages would immediately be removed from the social network. President Trump has now put Mr. Zuckerberg’s comments to the test. At a White House […]

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The Loans and the Fury

Want this in your inbox each morning? Sign up here. More questions about who gets bailout money As the U.S. government’s small-business loan fund reopens today, outrage remains about companies that may have unfairly received help in the $350 billion first round of rescue financing. Companies that received money, according to The Times, include firms […]

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China’s Elite Donate Coronavirus Gear to the U.S.

HONG KONG — U.S. hospitals and state officials face desperate shortages of the masks, ventilators and other gear they need to fight the coronavirus. Chinese factories can make it and sell it to them, but huge obstacles stand in the way — and Washington’s stumbles and growing hostility with Beijing aren’t helping. Now some of […]

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The Pandemic Proves the Need for Industrial Policy

Hundreds of companies across the United States are reinventing themselves to make equipment that is desperately needed to treat the coronavirus. That so many American manufacturers are rising to meet this pandemic with little coordination from the federal government reveals a deep altruism in our national character. It also reveals something else: Our country is […]

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The Brands Feel Your Pain

Last week, the famously stoic Anna Wintour said she “broke down” upon hearing from her friend Ralph Lauren, the designer and businessman worth approximately $6 billion, that the philanthropic wing of the Ralph Lauren Corporation had pledged $10 million to organizations undertaking coronavirus relief efforts. As the pandemic continues to spread and medical supplies around […]

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Coronavirus Has Opened the Corporate Email Floodgates

Maybe it was that one store where you shopped while on vacation a few years ago, or perhaps that online service that you used just last week, but it’s all the same message: Businesses have flooded everyone on their email lists with coronavirus updates, tips on staying healthy and words of encouragement — much to […]

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Pandemic Erodes Gig Economy Work

SAN FRANCISCO — It was just after 11 a.m. last Wednesday when Jaime Maldonado, 51, pulled his rented Nissan into a parking lot outside San Francisco International Airport. He figured he had a long wait ahead of him — about two hours — before Lyft would ping him to pick up a passenger. Occasionally, jets […]

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This Trendy Baby Formula Maker May Pose Health Risks to Infants

Like many first-time parents, Jon Borgese, a tech executive in Manhattan, had heard the buzz around the Baby Brezza formula maker, a countertop device that automatically dispenses warm bottles of formula at the touch of a button. The $200 machine, widely available at retailers like Amazon, Target and Buy Buy Baby, markets itself as the […]

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Luxury’s Hidden Indian Supply Chain

MUMBAI, India — At the top of a staircase covered in dirt and sequins, several dozen Indian artisans hunched over yards of fabric, using needles to embroider garments for the world’s most powerful fashion brands. They sewed without health benefits in a multiroom factory with caged windows and no emergency exit, where they earned a […]

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