Twitter, the social media company, has donated over $1m to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to fight President Trump’s executive order restricting entry into the US.
Staff from the social media company, Twitter, has donated over $1m to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to fight President Trump’s recent executive order that temporarily bans refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.
According to TechCrunch, lmost 1,000 Twitter employees have donated over $500,000, which was then matched by executive chairman, Omid Kordestani, abd chief executive, Jack Dorsey.
Lawyer Vijaya Gadde emailed Twitter about the donations: “In the coming months we’ll see a flurry of legal challenges, legislative pushes and public pronouncements.
“But as long as civil liberties are threatened, I’m proud to know that as individuals we will stand up to defend freedom and look after people.”
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a non-profit and non-partisan organization whose public mission is “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in the country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.”
Recently, The ACLU had taken President Donald Trump to court with regards to his recent executive order banning travel for citizens of 7 Muslim-majority countries, and is expecting a win.
Other Donations to ACLU
Many Americans who oppose the ban have been sending in donations to the ACLU in order to support their cause in protecting civilians from human rights violations.
The ACLU has received over $24m in online donations so far. Lyft, the txi-hailing company, said that it will be donating $1m to the ACLU over the next four years.
Many celebrities have also appealed to their twitter followers to send them their donations to which they would match and send to the ACLU. Such celebrities include Sia, Rosie, Judd Apataw, Zach Braff, Jack Antonoff and more.
Other Forms of Help Offered
Bloomberg has also reported that some of the largest technology companies in the US are working on an open letter to President Trump, expressing their concern over the immigration ban, and offering to “fix it.”
The messaging platform, Viber, has also offered free international calls for the countries on which the ban is enforced- Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, and Yemen.