Recently, Uber, Apple, and Google have expressed their views regarding their participation in helping build a Muslim registry for the upcoming Donald Trump administration. An Apple’s spokesperson stated, ‘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.’
However, a Google spokesperson issued a statement, ‘“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.’ Apart from this, Uber has not released any such statements as yet.
These are merely the latest Silicon Valley players that have refused to build a database that can be used to track Muslim living in America. This news gained traction after last month The Intercept started asking tech companies regarding this subject and the only response was given by Twitter that straightforwardly said no to such a project.
This situation also gained traction after a Facebook spokesperson accidentally sent an email to BuzzFeed which stated that the company’s plan for the building of a Muslim registry is like a straw man argument, and noted that Facebook’s PR strategy will be to remain silent on this matter.
So it remains unclear what may happen but if any of these companies agree then the Muslims in America may have a tougher time than ever before they will be tracked every day, and all the time. Would do you think should be done? Should there be a Muslim registry or not?