Salesforce is the latest tech giant to say it would not assist the Trump Administration or any other entity in the creation of a database that could be used to discriminate against Muslims or people of any other demographic, the San Francisco company told Inc. on Monday.
Throughout his 2016 campaign, President-Elect Donald Trump suggested the creation of a Muslim registry as a strategy to curb terrorist attacks against the United States. This kind of database would require troves of data and software engineering prowess to create, which is why in the past month tech companies across Silicon Valley have been asked if this is an effort they would aid should they be approached for help by the Trump Administration.
At first, only Twitter said it would oppose such an effort, but the list of companies began to expand after a group of tech workers vowed never to build such a tool, independent of what their employers had to say, and after Facebook maneuvered itself into a rhetorical corner by calling the idea a "straw man." The list of companies that have said they would build no such tool now includes Facebook, Apple, Google, Twitter, IBM, Microsoft, Uber, Lyft and Medium, with Salesforce the latest addition.
"We have not been approached by anyone about the creation of a 'registry' of any kind," said a spokeswoman for Salesforce. "Equality for all people is a core value of Salesforce and we oppose any effort to discriminate against anyone on the basis of religion, race, ethnic background, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability status."
Similarly Atlassian, an Australian tech company with offices in the U.S., on Monday also said it would not partake in the creation of such databases.
"Atlassian has not been asked to help build a Muslim registry, and we certainly would not do so. We believe the best innovation happens when diverse teams of people come together as equals to create amazing things," a spokeswoman for the company told Inc. "We recognize the important contributions that Muslims -- around the world and here at Atlassian -- have made. We look forward to supporting organizations and initiatives that advocate for creating a more collaborative, inclusive world."
Salesforce's decision not to help in the creation of such a tool is particularly notable considering CEO Marc Benioff was among the most influential absentees at a recent summit between Trump and leaders of Silicon Valley. That meeting, held in New York, included the likes of Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, among others.