Twitter employees donate $1.59M to ACLU after Trump’s immigration order

Twitter employees donated $1.59 million to the American Civil Liberties Union, a nonprofit that mounted a legal challenge against President Trump’s immigration order.

A total of 925 workers raised more than $530,000 for the ACLU, and the donations were matched by company CEO Jack Dorsey and Executive Chairman Omid Kordestani, bringing the total to $1.59 million, TechCrunch reported.

Since Saturday, Twitter executives have spoken out publicly or internally about Trump’s order.

“Our work is far from done. 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,” Twitter General Counsel Vijaya Gadde wrote in a memo obtained by TechCrunch.

Twitter is the latest company to donate to the ACLU, which has raised more than $24 million since Saturday. Tech executives have been helping to fuel donations to the nonprofit by matching donations.

But they’ve also been supporting any legal challenges to Trump’s order, including a lawsuit filed by the Washington Attorney General. Apple CEO Tim Cook is considering legal options against Trump’s immigration order, too.

Trump’s order barred all refugees from entering the United States for 120 days and blocks the acceptance of Syrian refugees indefinitely. It also blocked citizens of Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, which are predominantly Muslim countries, from entering the United States for 90 days. The president has defended the ban, which he says is meant to help thwart terrorism. The seven countries were identified by the Obama administration as “countries of concern” because of their ties to terror, according to a statement from Trump’s administration.

Twitter is the president’s preferred social media tool. Among other things, Trump’s use of Twitter has raised concerns about hate speech, harassment and misinformation, and some users have called on the company to bar him from using the platform.


Photo: The Twitter building is photographed Dec. 14, 2015, in San Francisco, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)


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