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Tech firms attack Donald Trump’s immigration ban


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By now you’ll have seen the growing swell of protests against President Trump’s ban on immigration from seven predominantly-Muslim countries: from demonstrators at airports to celebrities at awards ceremonies over the weekend.

But the ban is also rousing executives in the technology industry to protest – not least because many of them have employees affected by it.

“Trump’s actions are hurting Netflix employees around the world, and are so un-American it pains us all,” said Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. “Not a policy we support,” said Apple’s Tim Cook.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin joined protests at San Francisco Airport, while CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a memo to staff that “it’s painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues”.

Microsoft (“misguided and a fundamental step backwards”), Tesla (“Many people negatively affected by this policy are strong supporters of the US”) and Facebook (“We should also keep our doors open to refugees and those who need help”) executives also joined the chorus of protest, among others.

Yet some of these tech companies are being pressed on their wider policies: a social media campaign to “#DeleteUber” is underway over its CEO’s decision to serve on Trump’s Strategy and Policy Forum.

Meanwhile, the New York Times reported on how Google is “scrambling to forge ties with Mr. Trump’s new administration and to strengthen its relationship with a Republican-dominated Congress”.

Stuart Dredge

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