MavenThe Seattle-based media company, which publishes Sports Illustrated, among others, hears from employees who are upset about a police website that is part of the company's portfolio.
The Daily Beast reported On Friday, Maven employees want the plug on the website called Defense Maven, which is also known as Blue Lives Matter. The website contains police-related news and, according to the About page, is operated solely by active, former and retired law enforcement officers and their families.
In the midst of nationwide protests demanding police reform after a white man's murder of a black man in Minneapolis, Maven employees have reportedly been upset about some content and comments on Blue Lives Matter's website.
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According to the Daily Beast and reports from employees at an all-hands meeting last week, Maven CEO James Heckman initially defended the website to promote open dialogue and strengthen “both sides of hot issues”. However, he later said he would seek approval from the company's board to remove Blue Lives Matter from the Maven platform.
Maven was founded in 2017 and is managed by Heckman, the founder of Rivals.com and former Yahoo manager. Maven describes itself as a "common platform for digital publishing, advertising and sales".
As a listed company, Maven has a coalition of more than 300 brands including History, Maxim, Yoga Journal, SKI Magazine and others. The financial media company TheStreet was bought in 2019.