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USA: Over 60 tech firms incl. Apple, Google & Facebook opt out of legal challenge to 2nd travel ban

Author: David Ingram, Thomson Reuters Foundation (USA), Published on: 16 March 2017

“Apple, Google, Facebook skip legal challenge to new travel ban”, 15 Mar 2017

Apple Inc, Alphabet Inc's Google and Facebook Inc are among more than 60 technology companies that appear to have backed away from the legal fight against U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban, deciding not to put their weight behind a lawsuit seeking to block the second version of his executive order…A legal brief filed…on behalf of Silicon Valley companies listed the support of 58 companies, less than half the 127 signatories to a similar brief filed in an appeals court last month after Trump's first executive order…Airbnb Inc, Dropbox Inc and Kickstarter are among the companies that did sign the brief.  Major tech companies that signed on to the earlier effort but not this week included Microsoft Corp, eBay Inc, Intel Corp, Netflix Inc and Twitter Inc.  The lawsuit may succeed despite losing the overt support of such big names…It was not immediately clear why fewer of them signed…the…brief this time around…Uber…was in the process of adding its name, a spokesman said.  A Twitter spokeswoman pointed to past company statements opposing Trump's initial travel ban in January but declined to comment further…[Also mentions Box Inc.]

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Related companies: Airbnb Alphabet Apple eBay Facebook Google (part of Alphabet) Intel Microsoft Netflix Twitter