Microsoft: We won’t help build a Muslim registry

A Microsoft spokesperson says the company would not help create a registry of Muslims in the United States, an idea floated by President-elect Donald Trump.

“We’ve been clear about our values. We oppose discrimination and we wouldn’t do any work to build a registry of Muslim Americans,” spokesman Frank X. Shaw told BuzzFeed on Thursday in response to their questions.

Shaw’s statement comes a day after Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella joined other tech leaders, including IBM’s Ginni Rometty and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, for a summit with Trump.

Microsoft had reportedly declined to comment on a Muslim registry to BuzzFeed before.

During his campaign, Trump discussed a proposed registry of Muslims in the U.S. But at other times, he’s also appeared to back away from the idea.

Those confusing signals continued after the election, with reports claiming a Trump adviser was working on drafting a proposal for a registry. The transition team deniedany such work.

Microsoft’s statement also comes as a growing number of tech industry workers and companies vow not to help create any such registry.


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