This week, I decided to take a look at how individuals in the tech world are responding to Donald Trump being the next president.
To start with I’m sure we all remember when the FBI was trying to force Apple’s hand at breaking into a cellphone that belonged to the San Bernardino shooter, but Apple refused.
When Trump was on the campaign trail he was quoted as saying he would boycott Apple until they gave the information up and that he would come down so hard on Tim Cook his head would be spinning all the way back to Silicon Valley
However, we know that what is said at the campaign events are things that may or may not be true. It happens with every politician. Let’s take a closer look at how a lot of the tech industry is reacting to this.
For example, the CEO of Grubhub sent out and email to employees saying that he rejects Trump’s stance and that anyone who disagrees with him should immediately resign because they have no place in the company, however he later issued a statement saying all employees are welcomed there.
Also, the following is an internal memo that Tim Cook sent his employees:
As you can see, these CEO’s are trying to keep their company and employees on the same page, despite riffs throughout the country.
I’d rather everyone stay away from expressing their political views in the comments and instead look at how these companies are responding to the shocking results.
Having said that, my question to everyone is do you think that tech companies and CEO’s should get involved in politics when they know their employees have different views? Do memos like the ones that Tim Cook send out hurt or help the cause?