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300 employees threaten to leave Microsoft over ICE contract.

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  • MicrosoftPXGr32
    dumb, hope they quit.
    Jun 220
  • MicrosoftHRisallCYA
    Cya!
    Jun 220
  • Microsoft showing some class! Awesome! 👍😊
    Jun 220
  • MicrosoftPFE
    The power of media is astounding.
    Jun 220
  • FacebookAnsible
    R-E-S-T-E-C-P
    Jun 223
    • MicrosoftfuTw11
      Huh?
      Jun 22
    • Microsoft
      RealSalty

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      That's some messed up RESPECT
      Jun 22
    • AppleMksbfbm
      I understood that reference
      Jun 22
  • MicrosoftFriederich
    Goodbye and good riddance. I agree that these actions by the administration are deplorable, but government agencies are not going to be swayed by this. What, you think that Google won't take this contract? Amazon? Should tire companies stop selling tires to the government? What about toilet paper?
    If a company is building evil tech for the government, that's one thing. But in this case, it's basically toilet paper. The toilet paper is not evil.
    Jun 224
    • Microsoft / Producttechgirl18
      Actually, Google employees are already quitting in response to a Pentagon contract http://fortune.com/2018/05/14/report-google-employees-resign-pentagon-contract/ and Amazon employees are all demanding ICE contracts end https://www.zdnet.com/article/now-amazon-employees-rebel-end-police-facial-recognition-contracts-ice-support/. There has to be a code of ethics for how AI is used for and by what entity. When's the last time you put your neck on the line giving voice to the voiceless? It's brave regardless of what you think.
      Jun 22
    • Google / Eng
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      Google decided to not renew Maven after the internal protests.
      Jun 22
    • MicrosoftFriederich
      @techgirl, Google was literally developing drone hunter tech. That's not toilet paper, that's a shotgun, and if Microsoft is doing something similar, I agree with the protestors.

      My read of what is actually the case here, though, is that we are providing a contract for innocuous cloud services, O365, etc. Taking that away might actually put ICE detainees at risk due to reducing the protections on their PII. In other words, the world is complicated, and while I respect the right of these folks to protest, and even the fundamental intent, the specific action is misguided.

      Hell, my understanding is that nuclear ICBMs in the US run on XP. You want to protest something, perhaps that might be a better use of time.
      Jun 23
    • MicrosoftFriederich
      On Family Separation, Federal Workers Often Agonized Over Enforcement https://nyti.ms/2IiVZB. Another reason.
      Jun 23
  • Personally, I don't think Microsoft deserves to be blamed but these employees deserve to be praised.
    Jun 220
  • Microsoftseemsfastr
    Breaking: Nike employees also plan walk out due to ICE agents wearing Nike sneakers
    Jun 226
    • AppleMksbfbm
      Every single protest, no matter how distant, is important. Imagine if in the 1940s Gestapo officers couldn’t get a drink in a bar, or a haircut. If Stasi operatives couldn’t get good groceries or a plumber. Society CAN act if things aren’t OK.
      Jun 22
    • Microsoftbr0grammer
      Imagine if the media stopped gaslighting. 22% of ICE is Hispanic. You are mentally ill if you think they're comparable to nazis.
      Jun 22
    • AppleMksbfbm
      Gaslighting? Are there or are there not 2500 children separated from their families? And whilst there’s been a promise to reunite 600 of them it hasn’t actually happened. It’s a distraction to say 22% of ICE are Hispanic and this makes it OK.
      Jun 23
    • MicrosoftCykaBlyat
      This just in, Hispanic people can't be racist against other Hispanic people, apparently. Behold the intelligence of the brogrammer.
      Jun 23
    • Microsoftbr0grammer
      I thought they were nazis? Why would a Jew be allowed in the nazi ranks?
      Jun 23
    • AppleMksbfbm
      Wow this is the rathole you want to go down? Arguing about people’s heritage and deciding if something is socially right because of it?
      Jun 23
  • Microsoft
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    Sadly I believe our leadership is so scared of liberal media hate that we'll do anything to be lauded over positively by the left.
    Jun 222
    • Credit KarmaEllisDee25
      The leadership who approved this contract? Are they offering to quit?
      Jun 22
    • Microsoft
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      We've had contracts with federal agencies including ICE long before this liberal drama came about.
      Jun 23
  • Credit KarmaEllisDee25
    It’s not just Microsoft. Many tech companies have contracts with border security, ICE, homeland security.

    But these employees can show the way to put pressure on these inhuman policies.
    Jun 220
  • Salesforce / EngVlad Putin
    Microsoft should use this as opportunity to shed some weight and let them go without severance, per their request.
    MS is bloated as hell.
    Jun 220
  • OracleBSJr60
    I thought Satya sent an email and everyone was happy?
    Jun 220
  • Microsoft / EngMakeMsftGA
    Controlling government email puts us in a very powerful position though.
    Jun 220
  • Microsoft / Mgmt
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    RTFM!
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    Bye Felicia!
    Jun 220
  • Amazon / EngWRyY10
    Good. Better without them.
    Jun 220
  • Microsoft
    RealSalty

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    I'll go work on the projects if they pay me more! I'm not scared of liberal snowflakes.
    Jun 230
  • Microsoft / Mgmt
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    Work on the govt projects and you get paid 25% more.
    Jun 230
  • LinkedInICE Agent
    Great! Less liberal craziness in the company.
    Jun 270

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