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Apple And Google Stay Out Of New Muslim Ban Controversy

Muslim Ban Protest.Daniel Cuadra/Flickr

The recent attempt by the Trump administration to issue a travel ban specifically targeting Muslim-majority countries has already been met with legal firewalls. For the moment, it seems that the new executive order is not going to pass, just as the first one crashed and burned. However, another notable aspect to this new Muslim Ban is the absence of tech companies like Apple, Facebook, and Google.

During the first kerfuffle involving this discriminatory executive order, tech giants were one of the first to come to the aid of refugees, migrants, and legitimate US citizens who were being singled out in airports because they were flying in from one of the banned countries on Trump’s list. As with the case, an amicus brief condemning this new attempt was filed, which none in the trio signed, Recode reports.

The latest amicus brief contains the signatures of private individuals and dozens of tech companies, all of whom show their complete opposition to this new travel ban. It would have sent a stronger message had Apple, Facebook, and Google joined in. Even Amazon declined to provide its support despite expressing outrage during the first Muslim Ban.

What makes this development even more startling is the lack of explanation from any of the companies as to why they are no longer committing the same way as other firms have done. The best that Recode could get was a confirmation from a Facebook spokesperson that the social media site would indeed be withholding its signature this time around. No reason was given.

As Reuters points out, there is still time for these and other companies to join in as it moves through the legal process. Uber has already cast its lot in with the brief, though, it certainly needed the positive coverage considering all of the recent scandals it has endured. Whether or not Apple or any of the others would change their minds is the question of the day.

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