Microsoft, Google and Facebook have said they will halt some political contributions after the deadly siege of the US Capitol.
A Microsoft spokesperson has said the tech giant is pausing its political spending until after considering the implications of the attack.
“The PAC (political action committee) regularly pauses its donations in the first quarter of a new Congress, but this year it will take additional steps to consider these recent events and consult with employees,” the spokesperson said. The Verge.
Additionally, Facebook has said that it is halting its contributions to the PAC for at least the first quarter of the year. It’s worth noting that the freeze only affects PAC contributions and not all of the social media giant’s political spending.
“Following the terrible violence of last week in DC, we are pausing all of our contributions to the PAC for at least the current quarter while we review our policies,” said a Facebook spokesperson.
Google has also announced that it is pausing all campaign donations from its PAC committee. “We have frozen all political contributions from NetPAC while we review and reevaluate its policies following the deeply disturbing events of the past week,” said a Google spokesperson.
Tech companies have taken action after the attack that took place on January 6. Last week, Twitter and Facebook imposed restrictions on the account of the president of the United States, Donald Trump.
Twitter has permanently banned your account entirely, while Facebook has banned it for at least two weeks. It’s worth noting that Twitter closed its PAC in November 2020.
Source: The edge