How the tech sector responded to Trump's Muslim Ban from most to least offensive | What Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Uber and more said (and didn't say) about Trump's Muslim Ban

Scott Carey
Scott Carey

Scott Carey

Scott is online editor at Techworld and ComputerworldUK.

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Most of the major technology companies in Silicon Valley issued a response to the US President Donald Trump's so-called "Muslim Ban" this week.

Trump hastily signed an executive order on Friday, January 28, which suspended the entire US refugee admissions system for 120 days, and blocked visits to the US for 90 days for citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. This has created widespread chaos and protests at major US ports of entry.

Most of the major technology companies issued statements responding to the policy, with many looking out primarily for their employees. Some however denounced the policy on a human and moral level, with a handful of companies and major investors offering to help those affected and donating to organisations like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to help fight the legislation, rather than simply tweeting about it.

Update 7 February 2017: 127 US technology companies, including Apple, Facebook, Google, Uber, Tesla, Dropbox and Microsoft, have filed a legal brief opposing the travel ban. The brief argues that the executive order imposes significant burdens on the industry by preventing it from hiring talented migrants. Amazon is notably absent from the lawsuit.

Here is how major Silicon Valley leaders responded to the Muslim Ban at the time, from the most tepid to the strongest:

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