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Apple CEO Tim Cook pledged that his company will donate $1 million each to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Southern Poverty Law Center in the wake of the violent far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Apple also will match employee donations to the two groups and others two for one through September, according to a memo Cook wrote Wednesday night obtained by BuzzFeed News.
Cook said he strongly disagrees with US President Donald Trump’s comparison between the neo-Nazi and white supremacist protesters and those who opposed their rally in Charlottesville.
“Hate is a cancer,” Cook wrote. “This is not about the left or the right, conservative or liberal. It is about human decency and morality.”
James Murdoch, the chief executive of 21st Century Fox, also pledged a $1 million dollar donation to ADL in an email on Thursday, reported The New York Times.
In the email addressed to his friends, Murdoch expressed his concern over Trump's reaction to last week's events in Charlottesville, and stated that, "Standing up to Nazis is essential; there are no good Nazis. Or Klansmen, or terrorists. Democrats, Republicans, and others must all agree on this, and it compromises nothing for them to do so."
Murdoch also encouraged others to donate to ADL, saying that the NGO "is an extraordinary force for vigilance and strength in the face of bigotry."