Just a day after Microsoft claimed that it has not been a colluder in President Trump’s policy of snatching of children from immigrant families at the border, most of the top tech companies of the US have jointly condemned this policy. They have called upon Trump administration to stop this intense persecution of immigrants.
Microsoft was among the first tech giants to issue a statement about the situation. The official company line was both an admonishment of current policy and somewhat defensive after speculation arose that the company’s cloud computing platform Azure may have somehow been involved.
Tim Cook called the situation involving snatching of children ‘inhumane’. He told Irish Times, ‘It’s heartbreaking to see the images and hear the sounds of the kids. Kids are the most vulnerable people in any society. I think hat’s happening is inhumane, it needs to stop.’
Mark Zuckerberg, naturally, issued a call to action via Facebook. The post is largely a call to action asking followers to donate to nonprofit orgs Texas Civil Rights Project and RAICES, adding, ‘we need to stop this policy of snatching of children right now.’
COO Sheryl Sandberg also encouraged users to donate to the two aforementioned charities, though her language was decidedly more pointed than Zuckerberg’s.
In a simple tweet, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki wrote, ‘Regardless of your politics, it’s heartbreaking to see what’s happening to families at the border,’ while linking to a list of charities.
Elon Musk’s own tweet was a bit less…verbose than the rest, simply writing, ‘I hope the kids are ok’ and linking to a YouTube video of ‘Shelter’ by xx.
Airbnb co-founders Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk issued a joint statement on Twitter in both English and Spanish: Ripping children from the arms of their parents is heartless, cruel, immoral and counter to American values of belonging.
CEO Dara Khosrowshahi cited his own experience as an immigrant to admonish the policy, writing, ‘As a father, a citizen and an immigrant myself, the stories coming from our border break my heart. Families are the backbone of society. A policy that pulls them apart rather than building them up is immoral and just plain wrong.’