Gun control activists are asking tech companies like Apple and Amazon to pick a side. Activists are propelling the companies to cut ties with National Rifle Association after the disastrous aftermath of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting at Parkland, Florida.
Other video streaming companies such as Roku Inc., are also facing pressure to cut ties with NRA. Angry consumers and public have been using #StopNRAmazon and #March1stNRABoycott on Twitter to pressurize the company. The activist are planning a 24 hour protest and boycotting products of Apple and Amazon.
“Activists are learning that when their concerns fall on deaf ears with politicians, businesses are more likely to yield to changes in public sentiment,” said Ethan Zuckerman, director of the Center for Civic Media. “This is a problem that ought to be worked out in our legislature, but people are turning to corporations because it doesn’t seem like our legislators can get anything done,” he said.
Amazon has denied to comment on this current campaign and is trying to stay neutral. “People feel so powerless to change things, this is how they feel they can bring change. I’d expect we’re going to see a lot more of this.” Zuckerman added.
“While the vast majority of all streaming on our platform is mainstream entertainment, voices on all sides of an issue or cause are free to operate a channel,” said streaming-device maker Roku and said that NRA TV doesnt violate any of the policies.
Apple CEO did comment short after the massacre of the shooting that took place in Florida. He stated “we pray for the victims of today’s shooting in Florida, for their families and loved ones, and for an end to the senseless violence that has taken so many innocent lives.”