President Donald Trump’s recent executive order banning people of seven majority-Muslim nations from entering the United States, has awakened opposition across the country. Silicon Valley, with it’s diverse workforce, has been pushed to the forefront of the protests.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was the first major tech executive to speak out. Zuckerburg is also founder of immigration reform lobbying group Fwd.us, issued a statement saying the US “is a nation of immigrants, and we should be proud of that.” Google co-founder Sergey Brin and joined protesters at San Francisco International Airport, and several other companies have weighed in, in support of refugees and immigrants.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company “will do everything we can” to support affected employees and that “Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do.” Microsoft shared that it has at least 76 affected employees by the ban, and that it believes “that immigration laws can and should protect the public without sacrificing people’s freedom of expression or religion.”
The CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey has been asked to remove President Trump from the platform. Trump has over 20 million followers and uses Twitter communicate his viewpoint. Dorsey has let it be known that he disapproves of the ban by retweeting updates from the protests, but has not addressed Trump’s access to Twitter.