According to reports by BuzzFeed, Google, Uber, and Apple have finally told whether they would participate in assisting build a Muslim registry for the incoming Trump administration. An Apple spokesperson recently said in a statement that they think people should be treated the same no matter how they worship, who they love and what they look like.
“We are glad…that the proposal does not seem to be on the table”
The spokesperson added, “We haven’t been asked and we would oppose such an effort.” A Google spokesperson, earlier today, issued a statement saying, “In relation to the hypothetical of whether we would ever help build a ‘muslim registry’ — we haven’t been asked, of course we wouldn’t do this and we are glad — from all that we’ve read — that the proposal doesn’t seem to be on the table.”
In the meantime, in response to a similar inquiry, the ride-sharing company Uber replied to BuzzFeed with a precise “no.” The Silicon Valley giants were pressured to reveal their thoughts when The Intercept started asking tech companies about the matter and only received a response from Twitter. The micro-blogging giant said it would never participate in such a project.
This week, the situation heightened when a Facebook spokesperson, who had declined to comment on the subject, accidentally emailed BuzzFeed a message which was actually intended for a colleague. The email suggested the PR strategy of the social media giant to remain silent.
Lyft would refuse to participate with the government if asked to hand over data
The website BuzzFeed published the email, which then compelled the social networking site to issue a statement saying it would not agree nor it had been asked to help build a Muslim registry. Several tech companies have gone on the record disavowing the controversial Trump campaign promise since the awkward stumble of the social networking site.
In a statement given to BuzzFeed, Microsoft PR head Frank X. Shaw said that they oppose discrimination and they would not do any work to build a registry of Muslim Americans.
Last Wednesday, both Larry Page, the chief executive of Alphabet and Satya Nadella, the chief executive of Microsoft attended a summit with President-elect Donald Trump. Also Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook attended the summit. Yesterday, ride-hailing app Lyft said if it were asked for such information or other tools to build a Muslim registry, it would refuse to participate with the government. In addition to this, Medium, a publishing company, said the same words. Matt Mullenweg, the founder of WordPress, signed a pledge on behalf of his company Automattic as well.
Oracle, however, declined to comment on the subject. Recently, Trump appointed Safra Catz, the CEO of Oracle, to the executive committee of his transition team in a separate event.