Journalists reached out to nine major tech companies asking if they would help the Trump administration build a national Muslim registry, and only Twitter initially said no!
After we launched a massive coalition effort demanding other tech companies rule out helping Trump, Facebook, then Microsoft, Google, Apple and IBM officially declared they wouldn't help Trump either.
We're winning this fight as more tech companies declare they will stand up to Trump, but it important the tech industry presents a united front to stop Trump's plan to build a Muslim registry.
And it's clear they need a little help: When journalists reached out to Amazon and Oracle – two companies with massive amounts of data on Americans – they declined to comment!
We trust these companies with our most valuable information and they say their main priority is to protect their users.
But if major tech companies, like Amazon and IBM are serious about protecting users, they must not facilitate violations of human rights or dignity by providing the technology or data to make it happen.
Trump is someone who's not concerned about comparisons to Hitler or critical of WWII internment camps, so his threat to build a national Muslim registry is not a joke.
And Kris Kobach, Trump’s immigration adviser who wrote the book on tracking Muslims, recently reiterated the administration’s desire to build a Muslim registry.
Plus, tech companies have secretly assisted governments commit human rights abuses in the past: IBM provided Nazi Germany with their computerized punch card systems used to track Jews, AND created a computerized national ID system that the South African government used to denationalize its black population.
Not helping build a database to track America’s Muslims should be a clear moral redline in the sand. But it’s clear from these companies muted response that we need to mount a public outcry to call out their cowardice and demand they stand up to Trump.
Aside from the moral repugnancy of Trump’s plan, creating a Muslim registry won’t make anyone safer.
George W. Bush created a defunct program called NSEERS that never resulted in a single terrorism conviction.
And all a national Muslim registry would do is reinforce a false, Islamophobic stereotype that only Muslims are terrorists, while providing recruiting material for America’s enemies abroad.
But to stop Trump’s reprehensible plan, tech companies need to make clear NOW that they won’t ever collaborate with Trump on creating a national Muslim registry.
Tell tech companies: Publicly refuse to build Trump's Muslim registry now!