Among the much-talked controversy of Muslim Registry in the US, Apple, Google and Uber have clarified their position in response to the questions, whether they will have any part in the process. President-elect Donald Trump during his election campaign mentioned a possibility of Muslim registry and all three companies were asked whether they would help build or provide data for any such program.
A spokesperson for Google in an email message said:
“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.”
An Apple spokesperson said:
“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.”
In response to the same questions, Uber said “No” and clarified that it would not help build or provide data for a Muslim registry. Previously, when asked by The Intercept Twitter has responded firmly that it would never participate in any such a project.
The situation took a huge turn when Facebook spokesperson who refused to comment on the matter accidently emailed Buzzfeed News dismissing President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed Muslim registry as a “straw man” and advised his colleagues against responding on the record to an inquiry from reporter Nitasha Tiku. Later on Facebook spokesperson clarified its position in a statement, “No one has asked us to build a Muslim registry, and of course, we would not do so.
When repeatedly asked the same questions, Amazon did not provide any response. Oracle which declined to say whether the National Security Agency is still the company’s customer and also declined to respond to questions about a Muslim registry. Oracle’s refusal to comment comes one day after CEO Safra Catz announced that she would join the transition team for President-elect Donald Trump while remaining at Oracle.
Earlier this week many of the employees of major Tech companies signed a petition in which they refused to lend their expertise to build a Muslim registry.