Costolo likened meeting Trump to waterboarding in response to a tweet about an unconfirmed upcoming White House meeting with tech industry leaders (similar to the one the president hosted in December).
https://t.co/secLdw2Xjp This marks the second time in recent days that Costolo has publicly rebuked the president (which he did shortly after James Comey, the former FBI Director, delivered his highly anticipated testimony before the Senate last week): The White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy is organizing the technology meeting, which will take place on June 22.
Public pressure demanding executives to sever ties to the administration have only continued to mount in the wake of Trump's proposed travel ban, which prohibits travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, and his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Accord, which aims to reduce greenhouse gases and stem the effects of climate change.
In December, after Buzzfeed published an email accidentally sent to its news division by a Facebook spokesperson who dismissed the then-president elect's proposed Muslim registry, Facebook was forced to clarify its position, saying that no one “has asked us to build a Muslim registry, and of course we would not do so.” In a statement, an Apple spokesperson said, “We think people should be treated the same no matter how they worship, what they look like, who they love.
Tech companies found themselves facing considerable pressure to respond after The Intercept began asking similar questions about the subject earlier that month; its reporters approached nine tech companies and only received a response from Twitter, which said it would never participate in such a project.