Joining other Silicon Valley tech companies such as Microsoft, Google and Twitter, internet radio service Pandora has expressed their support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Our hearts ache for all those who unfairly lost their lives. We stand with marginalized communities. We stand for racial justice. We stand for equity. And we stand together to make this world a better place. #BlackLivesMatter #LoveAboveAll”
— Pandora (@pandora_radio) July 9, 2016
Users however did not all share the same sentiment as Pandora, many of them feeling that this post was particularly insensitive following the murder of 5 police officers in acts of anti-police and anti-white hatred.
Here are just a few of the tweets,
@pandora_radio a day after BLM killed 5 officers and wounded many more. Very classy Pandora.
— Space Doge (@wackiestcamper) July 9, 2016
— c taylor (@TaylorCtaylor67) July 9, 2016
@pandora_radio everybody switched to spotify
— Jeremy Longoria (@LongDaddy_J) July 9, 2016
@pandora_radio and I'm deleting now
— Big_Blue_Nate123 (@BlueNate123) July 9, 2016
— Christopher Sosa (@chrissosa32) July 9, 2016
Once again it seems that users don’t take kindly to tech companies pushing their political views on their userbase and further dividing their community by taking a stance on issues that do not relate to them. With companies such as Twitter adding Black Lives Matter emojis to their platform and other tech giants announcing their support of the BLM movement, it’s no surprise that a failing music service such as Pandora would attempt to jump on this particular bandwagon, but just as it did with Microsoft, it seems that this liberal pandering may backfire.
Lucas Nolan is a Journalism and Media student at Dublin Business School and a regular contributor to Breitbart Tech. He can be contacted via Twitter here: @LucasNolan_