Tech Giants on immigration ban

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Tarlon Khoubyari
  Web Content Manager

 

Moments after President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries, protests erupted across the world in support of the Muslim community; including the tech industry’s notable CEOs. With the stroke of a pen, the future of immigration changed in America. As the protesters flooded airports across the US, many companies took initiatives to vocalize their positions on the ban.  

Google co-founder Sergey Brin, a Jewish refugee of the Soviet Union, joined protests at the San Francisco International Airport, stating, “I’m here because I’m a refugee.” According to Bloomberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote, “It’s painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues.” The tech giant created a $4 million fund to support the immigration costs of their team members. Google employees rallied showing their support outside the many global offices. The hashtag #GooglersUnite flooded social media platforms.

Apple, Facebook and Microsoft shared internal letters they sent to employees to acknowledge that their companies wouldn’t be here today without immigrants. They expressed their sympathies and measures they will take in order to protect the rights of their employees.

Twitter has shown its support by matching employee donations made to ACLU up to $75,000. Chris Sacca, a vocal activist and big investor in Twitter, tweeted “You guys are the best. You give me hope. Thank you. Because of you, I’m matching my own match and giving $150,000 to the @ACLU #resist”. While most tech companies are promoting resistance against the Muslim ban, others fall into deep waters with consumers.

Uber everywhere, right?

Not for hundreds of previously loyal users.

When Uber CEO Travis Kalanick jumped the Trump train as a leading advisor the internet took action. #DeleteUber had been a trending on Saturday and Sunday after the executive order was signed as hundreds of people boycotted the ride sharing company. To combat this boycott, Uber has agreed to set aside $3 million to help their drivers who may feel the effects of this ban. In order to fully boycott Uber if you choose to do so, deleting the app will only remove it from your device not delete your account. You need to go into your account settings to delete the service. Users have been running into errors because of existing credit and the overflow of users who want to delete their accounts all together but it is still possible. Lyft has been seemingly profiting off of the trending hashtag and has agreed to donate $1 million to ACLU over the next four years.

 

Update: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has stepped down from Trump’s advisory council on February 2, 2017



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