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300 employees threaten to leave Microsoft over ICE contract.

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  • Microsoft PXGr32
    dumb, hope they quit.
    Jun 220
  • Microsoft seemsfastr
    Breaking: Nike employees also plan walk out due to ICE agents wearing Nike sneakers
    Jun 226
    • Apple Mksbfbm
      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
    • Microsoft br0grammer
      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
    • Apple Mksbfbm
      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
    • Microsoft CykaBlyat
      This just in, Hispanic people can't be racist against other Hispanic people, apparently. Behold the intelligence of the brogrammer.
      Jun 23
    • Microsoft br0grammer
      I thought they were nazis? Why would a Jew be allowed in the nazi ranks?
      Jun 23
    • Apple Mksbfbm
      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 Friederich
    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
      sergey

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      Google decided to not renew Maven after the internal protests.
      Jun 22
    • Microsoft Friederich
      @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
    • Microsoft Friederich
      On Family Separation, Federal Workers Often Agonized Over Enforcement https://nyti.ms/2IiVZB. Another reason.
      Jun 23
  • Apple magikarp16
    Personally, I don't think Microsoft deserves to be blamed but these employees deserve to be praised.
    Jun 220
  • Apple magikarp16
    Microsoft showing some class! Awesome! 👍😊
    Jun 220
  • Microsoft HRisallCYA
    Cya!
    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
    RealSalty

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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 Karma EllisDee25
      The leadership who approved this contract? Are they offering to quit?
      Jun 22
    • Microsoft
      RealSalty

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      We've had contracts with federal agencies including ICE long before this liberal drama came about.
      Jun 23
  • LinkedIn ICE Agent
    Great! Less liberal craziness in the company.
    Jun 270
  • Microsoft PFE
    The power of media is astounding.
    Jun 220
  • Amazon / EngWRyY10
    Good. Better without them.
    Jun 220
  • Credit Karma EllisDee25
    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
  • Facebook Ansible
    R-E-S-T-E-C-P
    Jun 223
    • Microsoft fuTw11
      Huh?
      Jun 22
    • Microsoft
      RealSalty

      Microsoft

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      That's some messed up RESPECT
      Jun 22
    • Apple Mksbfbm
      I understood that reference
      Jun 22
  • Microsoft / Mgmt
    Toiletcup

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    RTFM!
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    Work on the govt projects and you get paid 25% more.
    Jun 230
  • Microsoft / Mgmt
    Toiletcup

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    Bye Felicia!
    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
  • Microsoft / EngMakeMsftGA
    Controlling government email puts us in a very powerful position though.
    Jun 220
  • Oracle BSJr60
    I thought Satya sent an email and everyone was happy?
    Jun 220

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