Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and about 1,000 of his colleagues have donated over USD 1.5 million to a rights group that has pledged to fight President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim majority countries.
The donation has been made to American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that has reportedly raised more than USD 24 million in online donations in the past few days.
Initially, 925 Twitter staff pulled together a donation of over USD 530,000. That was then matched by CEO Dorsey and Executive Chairman Omid Kordestani to take the total to USD 1.59 million, TechCrunch reported, citing a company-wide email.
A Twitter spokesperson confirmed the donation and the numbers involved to the tech industry news website.
“Our work is far from done. In the coming months we’ll see a flurry of legal challenges, legislative pushes and public pronouncements. But as long as civil liberties are threatened, I’m proud to know that as individuals we will stand up to defend freedom and look after people,” Twitter General Counsel Vijaya Gadde wrote in the memo.
“The Executive Order’s humanitarian and economic impact is real and upsetting,” Dorsey said on Twitter over the weekend.