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Twitter Opposes Immigration Ban With Periscope Message

Periscope said on Tuesday that the recent executive order to halt immigration from seven countries in the Middle East and Africa forced them to consider a disturbing alternate reality in which the Periscope team is irreparably changed.

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Updated:January 31, 2017, 2:07 PM IST
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Twitter Opposes Immigration Ban With Periscope Message
Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square and CEO of Twitter. (Image: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

As a mark of protest against the US President Donald Trump's recent executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations, Twitter's live-streaming app Periscope has updated its loading screen with a small text that reads "Proudly made in America by immigrants".

In a statement, Periscope said on Tuesday that the recent executive order to halt immigration from seven countries in the Middle East and Africa forced them to consider a disturbing alternate reality in which the Periscope team is irreparably changed.

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"Periscope is built, maintained, and operated by people from many faiths and countries. Without immigrants and refugees, Periscope would not exist. For this reason, we are updating the Periscope loading screen to make a simple true statement: 'Proudly made in America by immigrants'," the statement read.

According to a report in VentureBeat, messaging giant Viber revealed it would be offering free calls from the US to the seven countries affected by the executive order.

Google has pledged $4 million to four organisations that support immigrants, while Uber will help drivers with their immigration defence by contributing a $3 million pot. Airbnb has announced free temporary housing to those affected by the order.

Also read: Tech Firms to Meet on Legal Challenge to Donald Trump Immigration Order

Earlier, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in his support to the immigrants termed the executive order's impact as upsetting.

"The Executive Order's humanitarian and economic impact is real and upsetting. We benefit from what refugees and immigrants bring to the US," @jack tweeted.

The executive order bans immigration from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen under measures to "keep radical Islamic terrorists out".

"I am establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the US," Trump said during the signing at the Pentagon after the swearing-in of Defence Secretary James Mattis.

Also read: US Officials Checking Facebook Profiles of Immigrants: Report

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