Apple, Google, Uber vow not to take part in Muslim registry

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Apple, Google and Uber on Friday issued official statements regarding President-elect Donald Trump's proposed Muslim registry, each saying they would not assist in building or providing information for creating such a database.


Candid photo from President-elect Donal Trump's tech summit this week. | Source: Quartz


In statements obtained by BuzzFeed News, the three tech giants were unsurprisingly opposed to the idea of generating and maintaining a list of users based solely on their religious beliefs.

"We think people should be treated the same no matter how they worship, what they look like, who they love. We haven't been asked and we would oppose such an effort," an Apple spokesman said.

Apple has long been a vocal advocate of equality, publicly pushing for diversity in the workplace and beyond.

A spokesperson from Google was even more emphatic, saying, "In relation to the hypothetical of whether we would ever help build a 'muslim registry' - we haven't been asked, of course we wouldn't do this and we are glad - from all that we've read - that the proposal doesn't seem to be on the table."

Facebook and Microsoft offered similar sentiments earlier this week, saying they would not participate in the building of a Muslim registry.

Amazon and Oracle, however, declined repeated requests for comment on the matter. The CEOs of both companies were in attendance at Trump's high-profile tech summit on Wednesday, at which Amazon chief Jeff Bezos was said to be particularly concerned about Chinese relations. Apple CEO Tim Cook was also present and sat just two seats away from the President-elect, next to Trump's Silicon Valley evangelist Peter Thiel.

Oracle's refusal is perhaps more understandable, as CEO Safra Catz just yesterday joined Trump's transition team. That said, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, who was not invited to the summit, is among a cadre of business advisers who are scheduled to meet with and directly advise Trump. SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk is also part of that group.

During his campaign, Trump proposed building a registry of all Muslim Americans, potentially with the help of tech companies and other services providers, in an apparent bid to curb what he framed as "radical Islamic" terrorism on U.S. soil. Since then, however, both Trump and his transition team have seemingly distanced themselves from the initiative.
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  • Reply 1 of 11
    This database remains very unlikely to be created.

    But if it does then every loyal American reading this post should register for it. I certainly will.

    Muslim American are Americans and we need to defend our fellow Americans, through the dilution of an unconstitutional database if necessary.
    jSnivelyapple ][king editor the grateSolimobiussandorfracjuanguaposmcarterParmis
  • Reply 2 of 11
    It is our governments decision whether to track and register individuals. My expectation and hope is that the intelligence authorities within our government will soberly evaluate such a regressive plan.

    Corporations, businesses and individuals pay taxes for this service. They should not be made to take part in a Big Brother operation. Unless, national security needs are displayed and proper checks and balances have been established. Thus far the jury is out on the value of such a program, in  light of previous attempts such as the Japanese internment camps and the lack of value and damage it did to our reputation as a beacon of freedom and democracy.

    i am glad to know that these important companies put privacy and personal freedom ahead of some people's wrong headed and jingoistic plans to satiate our need to be protected from 'the others'.
    singularityapple ][jSnivelycommand_fParmismessagepad2100ration al
  • Reply 3 of 11
    So they announced they won't participate in a database no one is proposing? Such a strange announcement.
    apple ][Gulaaksdw2001king editor the grateanantksundaramgeorgie01gtr[Deleted User]
  • Reply 4 of 11
    dewmedewme Posts: 2,055member
    I certainly hope this is not true. This would be an atrocity on par with the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
    apple ][lkruppParmisboopthesnootfrankie
  • Reply 5 of 11
    True it hasn't been announced. However, the writing is on the wall.

    Considering, President-Elect Trumps statements and clear rhetoric on the campaign trail l and since, along with his suggested and in some cases selected Secretarial,  Ambassordor and National Security appointments(proposed) give a very clear signal of his intention, once seated as President.
    apple ][lkruppSoliration aljahblade
  • Reply 6 of 11
    k2kwk2kw Posts: 1,725member
    This database remains very unlikely to be created.

    But if it does then every loyal American reading this post should register for it. I certainly will.

    Muslim American are Americans and we need to defend our fellow Americans, through the dilution of an unconstitutional database if necessary.
    The Census is basically creating a database of everyone and is constitutional.   Shouldn't be a problem with this.

    This probably won't happen because it will probably be blocked by the Senate or liberal courts.
    Besides Trump already gave into public opinion in not investigating Hillary.

    apple ][Parmis[Deleted User]
  • Reply 7 of 11
    Gulaak said:
    True it hasn't been announced. However, the writing is on the wall.

    Considering, President-Elect Trumps statements and clear rhetoric on the campaign trail l and since, along with his suggested and in some cases selected Secretarial,  Ambassordor and National Security appointments(proposed) give a very clear signal of his intention, once seated as President.
    And then the author states this:

    Since then, however, both Trump and his transition team have seemingly distanced themselves from the initiative.

    Why are are we making up things that have not happened? Is this a really poor attempt at Minority Report?
    you don't wait until your house is on fire to decide that a fire brigade service is a good idea.
    Trump made a big deal of his "list" and it's good that these companies are stating that if you want to do it, you will get no help from us. 
    apple jockeyjSnivelyapple ][delreyjonesSoliParmisration aljahblade
  • Reply 8 of 11
    sdw2001sdw2001 Posts: 17,035member
    dewme said:
    I certainly hope this is not true. This would be an atrocity on par with the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
    It's not true and has never been true.  Even if it was, it wouldn't even approach interning the Japanese.  
    apple ][allmypeople
  • Reply 9 of 11
    Cook better be very careful with his dealings in China. China has already asked for backdoors, and I could see them asking for a similar database on the muslim uighurs. If he bends in China and Trump notices, it will not end well.
    apple ][macseekerParmisration al
  • Reply 10 of 11
    jfc1138jfc1138 Posts: 3,090member
    sdw2001 said:
    dewme said:
    I certainly hope this is not true. This would be an atrocity on par with the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
    It's not true and has never been true.  Even if it was, it wouldn't even approach interning the Japanese.  
    Trump had suggested registries in two forms. First all American resident Muslims and then in a walk back of sorts just those Muslims from "suspect" countries. A variation on a previous Bush era visa entry/exit tracking program. 
    edited December 2016 ration al
  • Reply 11 of 11
    jSnivelyjSnively Posts: 328administrator
    Nope nope nope nope nope. Thread closed.

    I encourage all posters to please take a minute to review our posting guidelines.

    Apologizes to anyone who actually wanted to have a conversation about this.
    edited December 2016 chez whiteydfergensonberndogicoco3
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