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New Smartphone App BUYCOTT Lets You Boycott The Koch Brothers and Support Pro LGBT Companies

BUYCOTT APP

Last year former Microsoft programmer and congressional candidate Darcy Burner pitched a seemingly simple idea at Netroots Nation.  The creation of a smartphone app that would allow shoppers to swipe barcodes to check whether conservative billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch were behind a product on the shelves.

But what Burner didn’t realize at the time is that a group of developers was hard at work on Buycott, an even more sophisticated version of the smartphone app she proposed.

Buycott is the work of one Los Angeles-based 26-year-old freelance programmer, Ivan Pardo.  Once you’ve scanned an item, Buycott will show you its corporate family tree on your phone screen. Scan a box of Splenda sweetener, for instance, and you’ll see its parent, McNeil Nutritionals, is a subsidiary of LGBT friendly Johnson & Johnson.

You you can also join user-created campaigns to boycott business practices that violate your personal principles rather than single companies and also you can find businesses that have openly backed LGBT rights and initiatives

You can read more about the Buycott app and download it HERE.

Shop for GOOD not EVIL.

Source: Forbes
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  1. Thanks for the great tip. At the moment there seems to be a problem. I installed, uninstalled and re installed the app and it still does not work. The app seems to be very glitchy at this time. Hopefully it will improve.

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