These free tools easily blur protesters’ faces and anonymize photosTECHCRUNCH.COM — Millions have taken to the streets across the world to protest the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis last month. Protesters have faced both unprecedented police violence and surveillance. Just this week, the Justice Department granted the Drug Enforcement Administration, an agency typically tasked with enforcing federal drug-related laws, the authority to “conduct covert surveillance” on civilians as part of the government’s efforts to quell the protests.
Twitter is working on a way for people to request a blue checkmark, againMASHABLE.COM — One of Twitter’s most inconsistently applied features will hopefully make more sense in the near future. Jane Manchun Wong, who frequently reverse-engineers apps to discover upcoming new features, figured out that Twitter is planning to give users a way to request verification. The social network then confirmed the development to TechCrunch.
How tech leaders can do more for racial justice than just tweetMASHABLE.COM — Solidarity is nice, but jobs and investment in black workers and businesses is better. Many tech leaders and companies have tweeted out support for the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of George Floyd’s death and police brutality protests sweeping the nation. Acknowledging tragedy and injustice at all, and not actively enabling racism — we’re looking at you, Mark Zuckerberg — is a positive for the often whitewashed tech industry.
The 15 best shows currently streaming on Amazon PrimeMASHABLE.COM — Need a new binge? We’ve looked through Amazon’s catalog for the best shows included with a Prime membership. So whether you’re searching for a snappy comedy, a historical adventure, or an emotional medical drama, we have you covered. In no particular order, here are fifteen shows on Amazon Prime…
Enjoy watching as Brits tear down a slaver’s statue and dump it in the riverMASHABLE.COM — If you happen to be looking for the Edward Colston statue in Bristol, England, trying finding it at its new location: in the harbor, at the bottom of the river. If you’re not sure exactly where, you can try checking Google Maps. It’s been updated with the statue’s new underwater location. (It may be changed back when you go to look, though; keep reading.).
Massive crowds gather around the world on Saturday to march for George FloydMASHABLE.COM — Power to the people. In the almost two weeks since the killing of George Floyd, who died in police custody on May 25, people all around the world have stepped up to make their voices heard. The message: this shit has to stop. . Black Americans risk their lives just waking up every day because of a U.system that is deeply rooted in its racist history.
#Babygate trends after Trump surrounds the White House with fencingMASHABLE.COM — As protests continue in Washington, D.C., Donald Trump seems to be seeking out all the protection he can get. On top of Secret Service agents that have the president’s back 24/7 and a line of law enforcement officers stationed outside the White House, there’s now a hideous black fence surrounding Trump’s residence.
Singer performs ‘Bunker Boy,’ a catchy tune about Trump’s time in the bunkerMASHABLE.COM — There’s a new song inspired by Donald Trump’s recent and somewhat confusing trip to the White House bunker, and honestly? It’s catchy as hell. On Monday, days after it was reported that Secret Service rushed the president to the White House bunker amidst D.protests, singer Courtney Jaye (@TropicalJaye) penned and performed the tune, titled, “Bunker Boy.” Jaye shared a video of herself performing the song to social media, and on top of her gorgeous guitar playing and sweet-sounding vocals, the lyrics are truly something.
‘wouldn’t be safe’ in the city right nowMASHABLE.COM — “I don’t mean to make light of this but I’m reminded of the song ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon,” said de Blasio, according to journalist Jack Mirkinson. He went on to say that defunding the police, a rallying cry of the George Floyd protests, was “not the way forward.” De Blasio was subsequently roasted by social media and traditional media outlets, and then Fox News got ahold of the quote.
13 mental health resources for black people trying to cope right nowMASHABLE.COM — “Healing for us looks different than most people,” Nicole Jameta Barlow, a community health psychologist who is black, wrote in an email. . “While anger and its expression is an important emotion to grapple with, Black people are not given any space to express that anger or rage without experiencing a negative outcome.
Instagram, give the swipe-up feature to everyone so protesters can share resourcesMASHABLE.COM — There’s no denying Instagram Stories is a strong platform for protesters who want to spread a message. Unfortunately, a lot of activists are missing an essential tool for connecting their followers to valuable resources: the swipe-up feature. As they protest the killing of George Floyd and police brutality, protestors need all the help they can get boosting the visibility of these links.
Snapchat stops promoting Donald Trump’s account in DiscoverMASHABLE.COM — The social media dominoes are falling for President Donald Trump. As protests over the killing of George Floyd and police brutality continue across the country, Trump is doing things likes having protesters teargassed for a photo op and raging against Twitter. Now tech companies are taking action. Snapchat says that it won’t promote the president’s account in the Discover section anymore.
Venture firms rush to find ways to support Black founders and investorsTECHCRUNCH.COM — police brutality and economic manifestations of systemic racism in the U.continue, venture capital firms are joining the chorus of technology industry advocates lending their support to the cause. For the past three days, technology company executives and the investors who backed them have issued statements of support for the protests and the Black Lives Matter movement. Firms like Sequoia, Bessemer, and SaaSTR Fund founder all tweeted in support of the cause and offered to take steps to improve the lack of representation in their industry.
How to find a protest near you to seek justice for George FloydMASHABLE.COM — The protests rage on. For days, people have filled the streets across America to protest the death of George Floyd. Floyd, a black man, died on May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer placed his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes, ignoring Floyd’s pleas that he couldn’t breathe. The officer, Derek Chauvin, has since been fired and charged with both third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. .