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Facebook, Google, Apple, Uber, IBM deny Trump help to build Muslim registry

  • Published at 02:05 pm December 18th, 2016
  • Last updated at 02:23 pm December 18th, 2016
Facebook, Google, Apple, Uber, IBM deny Trump help to build Muslim registry
Trump has been very vocal about creating a registry for Muslim-Americans throughout his campaign. There is fear that this promise of Trump's will actually pan out. Right after the election, a member of Trump’s transition team, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, mentioned that Trump’s policy advisers have began discussing a proposal to build the registry. On December 16, Facebook, Apple, Google, IBM, Uber and Microsoft have all refused to provide help to Trump in this surveillance pursuit. However, Oracle and Amazon, who specialise in database services, have not confirmed whether they would participate in this. Recently, Oracle CEO Safra Catz, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Tesla CEO Elon Musk have all joined Trump’s transition team. Meanwhile, the attendance list of the Trump tech summit would not come as a surprise to many. Alphabet CEO Larry Page, Apple CEO Tim Cook, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, Oracle CEO Safra Catz, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Palantir CEO Alex Karp, and Executive Chairman of Google’s parent company Alphabet Eric Schmidt were all present at the event. Previously, in 2013, Edward Snowden leaked documents that disclosed a top secret surveillance and spying program called PRISM had used data from companies like Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Yahoo. All four companies have denied any such involvement. Reuters have recently reported Catz attended the summit to discuss possibilities with Trump that could help her tech industry, including reducing regulations, reforming the tax code, and negotiating better trade deals. According to The Intercept, Twitter was the first big tech company which refused to disclose data to assist the US President-elect Donald Trump to create a registry that would track Muslim-Americans. Twitter also did not attend Trump’s tech summit – abiding by its longstanding “anti-surveillance” rule. Twitter has also closed down access to at least two companies that were giving surveillance services to the US law enforcement.
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