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Big Tech CEOs Condemn Capitol Violence, Term It 'Shameful,' 'Antithesis Of Democracy'

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Big Tech CEOs Condemn Capitol Violence, Term It 'Shameful,' 'Antithesis Of Democracy'

Wednesday’s violence on the Capitol has been severely condemned by leaders of some of the largest technology companies in the United States. Here is what they had to say:

Tim Cook: The Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) CEO called the violent storming of the Capitol a “sad and shameful chapter in our nation’s history.” The leader of the Cupertino, California-based tech giant called for those responsible to be “held to account.”

“We must complete the transition to President-elect Biden’s administration. It’s especially when they are challenged that our ideals matter most,” tweeted Cook.

Mark Zuckerberg: Calling it a “dark moment in our nation’s history” in a note to employees — tweeted by the New York Times journalist Mike Issac —  the Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB) chief executive officer said he was “personally saddened by this mob violence.”

Zuckerberg revealed that Facebook had removed a recent video of Outgoing President Donald Trump which expressed support for the people who caused the violence.

“We are treating this situation as an emergency, and we are implementing additional measures to keep people safe,” wrote Zuckerberg.

Sundar Pichai: The head of Google’s parent Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL) (NASDAQ: GOOG) decried the “lawlessness and violence” as the “antithesis of democracy,” reported Reuters.

“Holding free and safe elections and resolving our differences peacefully are foundational to the functioning of democracy. The United States has a long and proud history of doing this,” said Pichai.

Elon Musk: The Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) CEO took a dig at social networks, particularly at  Facebook’s Zuckerberg in a tweet Wednesday who had started a prank website in his dorm room at Harvard to gauge the hotness of women on campus.

Both Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR) and Facebook have suspended accounts of Trump after outcry surrounding his incendiary posts.

Satya Nadella: Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella retweeted company President Brad Smith who posted a statement from the Business Roundtable saying it was a day to “speak up for our Constitution and its values.”

The statement from Business Roundtable, an association of U.S. CEOs,  said that the “chaos unfolding in the nation’s capital is the result of unlawful efforts to overturn the legitimate results of a democratic election.”

Photo by Valery Marchive on Wikimedia

 

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