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Tech Giants Google, Apple and Popular Cab App Uber will not help US President-elect Donald Trump build Muslim Registry

"We oppose discrimination and we would not do any work to build a registry of Muslim Americans," Microsoft PR head Frank X. Shaw said

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New York, Dec 17, 2016: Soon after Facebook and Twitter clarified that they will not help US President-elect Donald Trump’s idea of developing a Muslim registry, tech giants like Google, Apple and global cab-hailing app company Uber also said they will also oppose such an effort.

“In relation to the hypothetical of whether we would ever help build a ‘Muslim registry’ — we have not been asked, of course we would not do this and we are glad — from all that we have read — that the proposal does not seem to be on the table,” Buzzfeed quoted a Google spokesperson as saying on Saturday.

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But if it’s ever asked to participate, “of course (Google) would not do (it),” the spokesperson added.

An Apple spokesperson also noted that the company “thinks people should be treated the same no matter how they worship, what they look like, who they love”.

“We have not been asked and we would oppose such an effort,” the Apple spokesperson added.

Uber also clarified with a “No,” stressing that it would not help Trump build a Muslim registry.

On December 4, US-based news website Intercept reported that of the nine major tech giants, including Facebook, Apple and Google, only Twitter declined to help if US President-elect Donald Trump seeks to create a national Muslim registry.

According to the report, the firms were asked if they would sell their services to help create a national Muslim registry — an idea recently refloated by President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team — and only Twitter said no.

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Nearly 10 days later, Facebook broke the silence and said that it would not help US President-elect Donald Trump’s administration to create a list of Muslims present in the US.

In a statement to the Intercept, Facebook said: “No one has asked us to build a Muslim registry, and of course we would not do so.”

Facebook broke its silence after 22 different advocacy groups petitioned those companies to respond.

Microsoft returned with an answer saying, “We’re not going to talk about hypotheticals at this point.”

“We oppose discrimination and we would not do any work to build a registry of Muslim Americans,” Microsoft PR head Frank X. Shaw was quoted as saying.

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Oracle CEO Safra Katz, who is slated to join Trump’s transition team, declined to respond to Buzzfeed News’ question.

Meanwhile, IBM, IT giant SRA International, Canada-based Information technology consulting company CGI and Management consulting company Booz Allen Hamilton were yet to respond. (IANS)

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Lok Sabha Elections On Priority List Says Twitter

Twitter has been accused by the Indian government of being "slow" in removing "objectionable content" from its platform.

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Twitter has been accused by the Indian government of being "slow" in removing "objectionable content" from its platform. Pixabay

Twitter on Thursday said the 2019 Lok Sabha election is a key priority for the company and it deeply respects the integrity of the election process while being committed to provide a service that fosters and facilitates free and open democratic debate.

“The 2019 Lok Sabha is a priority for the company and our dedicated cross functional team is working to ensure that the health of the public conversation is enhanced and protected at this important time,” Colin Crowell, Global Vice President – Public Policy, Twitter, said in a statement.

Twitter has been accused by the Indian government of being “slow” in removing “objectionable content” from its platform.

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According to Twitter, India is the world’s largest democracy, and one of the company’s largest and fastest-growing audience markets in the world. Pixabay

The Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology (IT) has summoned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on February 25 over measures taken to ensure the safety and security of the users and allegations that the social media site is discriminating against “nationalist” posts on its platform.

According to Twitter, India is the world’s largest democracy, and one of the company’s largest and fastest-growing audience markets in the world.

“This is a constant process of learning and we gain insights from every election around the world, which helps inform our approach to this evolving challenge,” said Crowell.

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“The Twitter rules were updated to provide clearer guidance on several key issues including fake accounts, attributed activity and distribution of hacked materials,” said the company. Pixabay

In this regard, Twitter on Tuesday announced to bring its Ads Transparency Centre to India on March 11 that allows everyone to view political ads with details like ad spend and targeting demographics.

“The Twitter rules were updated to provide clearer guidance on several key issues including fake accounts, attributed activity and distribution of hacked materials,” said the company.

Twitter said it continues to invest intensively to identify and combat bad faith actors who try to manipulate the service.

“We have formed an internal, cross functional elections group to lead electoral integrity work in India from now through polling day.

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“Using proprietary-built internal tools, the team proactively protects trends, supports partner escalations, and identifies potential threats from malicious actors,” said the micro-blogging platform.

The team, said Twitter, is working with political parties from across the spectrum, as well as the Election Commission of India, so that they know how to report suspicious, abusive and rule-violating activity to Twitter. (VOA)