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Twitter Employees Donate $1.59 Million to Fight Immigration Ban by Donald Trump

Nearly 1,000 employees donated the hefty amount to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to fight Trump's executive order on the temporary travel ban.

Sarthak Dogra | IANS@SarthakDogra

Updated:February 3, 2017, 11:11 AM IST
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Twitter Employees Donate $1.59 Million to Fight Immigration Ban by Donald Trump
Twitter employees donated hefty amounts to fight Donald Trump's Immigration ban. (Image: Reuters)
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Despite US President Donald Trump being a prolific Twitter user, the employees of the micro-blogging site donated $1.59 million to an organisation to fight Trump, a media report said.

According to a report in TechCrunch on Thursday, nearly 1,000 employees donated the hefty amount to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to fight Trump's executive order on the temporary travel ban.

CEO Jack Dorsey and Executive Chairman Omid Kordestani also contributed.

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"Our work is far from done. In the coming months we'll see a flurry of legal challenges, legislative pushes and public pronouncements," Vijaya Gadde, General Counsel, Twitter was quoted as saying.

"But as long as civil liberties are threatened, I am proud to know that as individuals we will stand up to defend freedom and look after people," Gadde said.

Apart from Twitter's donations, ACLU has raised over $24 million within a few days, six times more than it did in the entire 2016.

"In a further sign of support from Silicon Valley, the ACLU entered

Y Combinator's accelerator programme earlier this week where it will receive mentorship and guidance around areas like hiring, the use of technology and more," the report noted.

Also read: Airbnb Offers Free Housing to Muslim Travelers and Refugees Affected by US Travel Ban

| Edited by: Sarthak Dogra
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