US President Donald Trump's new executive order of prohibiting entry of people from seven Muslim-majority nations has attracted a lot of backlash from tech companies. Social giant Twitter - specifically its live-streaming Periscope - also expressed its angst by tweeting that its platform is built by immigrants, and that their contribution has been very beneficial. Twitter's live-streaming app Periscope has tweaked the app's loading screen to show the message "Proudly made in America by immigrants" - sending a strong message to the US President.
The message also pops up at the bottom every time you load Periscope. It stays on the loading screen for as long as your app loads, depending on your connectivity. The company announced this change on Medium as well, standing firmly against the immigration ban.
"The recent executive order to halt immigration from seven countries in the Middle East and Africa has forced us to consider a disturbing alternate reality in which the Periscope team is irreparably changed. Periscope is built, maintained, and operated by people from many faiths and countries. Without immigrants and refugees, Periscope would not exist. For this reason, we are updating the Periscope loading screen to make a simple true statement: 'Proudly made in America by immigrants.' We feel this is an important statement to make about who we are and the real impact of these policies," the post reads.
Separately, social giant Twitter expressed its views in a tweet, "Twitter is built by immigrants of all religions. We stand for and with them, always." CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey tweeted that the "executive order's humanitarian and economic impact is real and upsetting," and that "we only benefit from what refugees and immigrants bring to the US."
Search giant Google was also among the tech firms that vehemently voiced its anger against the order. Almost 100 employees working for Google are immigrants, and CEO Sundar Pichai ordered them to return immediately. In his email to the employees, Pichai said, "It's painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues. We've always made our view on immigration issues known publicly and will continue to do so." On Monday, nearly 2,000 employees across eight Google offices in the US protested the immigration ban, with senior management joining the rally.
Companies like Amazon, Lyft, and Uber have also been vocal against the immigration ban, and Amazon is even looking at legal recourse to oppose the order.