In the age of Trump, only Twitter refuses Muslim database

If the election of Donald Trump isn't appalling already, the Intercept approached eight tech companies, with Twitter the only company who outright refused to help Trump build his Muslim database...

In the age of Trump, only Twitter refuses Muslim database

World Bulletin / News Desk

 Over the course of two weeks, Sam Biddle from he Intercept contacted - or attempted to contact - nine of the most prominent such firms, from Facebook to Booz Allen Hamilton, to ask if they would sell their services to help create a national Muslim registry, an idea recently resurfaced by Donald Trump’s transition team. Only Twitter said no.

The outlet contacted—or attempted to contact—the companies over the course of two weeks, asking if they would contract out their services to help create the hypothetical database, which President-elect Donald Trump's national security adviser Kris Kobach has said would track immigrants entering the U.S from Muslim nations.

Not all of the companies responded, but only one unequivocally said no. The final tally: 

Facebook: No answer.

Twitter: "No," and a link to this blog post, which states as company policy a prohibition against the use, by outside developers, of "Twitter data for surveillance purposes. Period."

Microsoft: "We're not going to talk about hypotheticals at this point," and a link to a company blog post that states that "we're committed to promoting not just diversity among all the men and women who work here, but … inclusive culture" and that "it will remain important for those in government and the tech sector to continue to work together to strike a balance that protects privacy and public safety in what remains a dangerous time."

Google: No answer.

Apple: No answer.

IBM: No answer.

Booz Allen Hamilton: Declined to comment.

SRA International: No answer. 

CGI: No answer.

Whilst a lack of answer didn't automatically mean that there was direct support the Trump agenda, for a tech company it would have been very little effort to go on record as unwilling to help create a federal list of Muslims.

“Any technology company should resist a government request for assistance that targets a customer on the basis of race, religion, or national origin,” said ACLU attorney Ben Wizner when asked about the social and ethical obligation of these companies to fight, in some capacity, a project like the Muslim registry.

The Intercept





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