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Zuckerberg and Pichai Come Out in support of Muslim Community

... Ashish Bharati

Tech Leaders like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai  have come out strongly in support of the Muslim Community. This comes at a time when the whole Muslim Community is being asked questions in the wake of attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California. The community is under tremendous pressure for the acts of a few misguided elements within the community and the maverick Republican Presidential Candidature hopeful Donald Trump has even demanded a blanket ban on the whole Muslim Community from entering the USA.

In a post on his Facebook page, Zuckerberg writes: “I want to add my voice in support of Muslims in our community and around the world.” He further says, “After the Paris attacks and hate this week, I can only imagine the fear Muslims feel that they will be persecuted for the actions of others.”

Without any direct reference to Trump, he further says “If you're a Muslim in this community, as the leader of Facebook I want you to know that you are always welcome here and that we will fight to protect your rights and create a peaceful and safe environment for you.”

Following  Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has also come out in support of Muslims, saying that we must support Muslim and other minority communities in the US and around the world.

Sundar in a letter posted on ‘Medium’ said “I came to the US from India 22 years ago. ….time after time, I saw that hard work opened other doors. …America is the “land of opportunity” — for millions of immigrants” He then goes on says “That is why it’s so disheartening to see the intolerant discourse playing out in the news these days….statements that our country would be a better place without the voices, ideas and the contributions of certain groups of people, based solely on where they come from, or their religion”.

In a clear reference to Trump’s statement, Pichai said: “I firmly believe that whether you’re building a company or leading a country, a diverse mix of voices and backgrounds and experiences leads to better discussions, better decisions, and better outcomes for everyone”.

He further says, “I debated whether to post this, because lately it seems that criticism of intolerance just gives more oxygen to this debate. But I feel we must speak out — particularly those of us who are not under attack. Everyone has the right to their views, but it’s also important that those who are less represented know that those are not the views of all,”