The Black Lives Matter movement is often highlighted as an example of Twitter’s and social media’s ability to catalyze social change.
Now, executives of those same services are giving back to activists who have made their names on those platforms. Twitter’s executive chairman, Omid Kordestani, donated $6,000 to the Baltimore mayoral campaign of DeRay Mckesson, the BLM organizer known for his Twitter presence and his blue Patagonia vest. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, who is politically active, also contributed $6,000 to McKesson’s election effort. The donations are included in a campaign finance disclosure filed earlier today.