Tech employees vow to oppose a Trump Muslim registry

Tech employees vow to oppose a Trump Muslim registry
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More than 60 computer engineers, designers and business executives have pledged not to work with the incoming Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification MORE administration on a rumored database of Muslims living in the United States.

The signatories — many of whom work at major technology companies like Google, Twitter and IBM — promised to “stand in solidarity with Muslim Americans, immigrants, and all people whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by the incoming administration’s proposed data collection policies.” 

Trump has previously said he wouldn’t rule out a database of all Muslims in the U.S. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a Trump adviser, told Reuters in November that Trump’s transition team was considering a registry of immigrants from Muslim countries. The Trump team later denied that he had ever advocated for such a registry.


“What’s important to me is that individuals who care about the ethical use of technology can step forward, show how many of us there are, and say that there are lines we will not cross,” pledge organizer Ka-Ping Yee told BuzzFeed.

Citing the Holocaust, the United States’ internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and genocides in Rwanda, Bosnia and Armenia, the signatories write, “Today we stand together to say: not on our watch, and never again.”

The tech employees also promised to oppose efforts within their companies to collect data that could help build a Muslim registry, destroy “high-risk” data and “scale back existing data sets with unnecessary racial, ethnic, and national origin data.”

Trump is scheduled to meet with major tech executives Wednesday at Trump Tower, including Alphabet CEO Larry Page, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, according to Recode.