Tech leaders: Renounce support for Saudi Crown Prince MBS

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Business leaders who posed for photos with the Saudi Crown Prince need to publicly renounce their support for MBS and reject Saudi investment.

As customers and employees of Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Cisco, Magic Leap, Oculus, and Virgin, we call on you to renounce your association with MBS and his regime.

The torture, murder, and dismemberment of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi is the latest in a long history of Saudi atrocities that are inconsistent with American values, international norms, and basic morality.

MBS wooed American leaders with rhetoric about reform and modernization. Those who fell for his promises and superficial reforms must now hold him responsible for his regime’s barbaric actions. If you posed for a photo with the Saudi Crown Prince, you endorsed him and his regime; you emboldened them in their crimes. If you believed he is a reformist and wanted to support progress, now is your window to clarify where you stand. Tweet or publicly state that you renounce the photo and repudiate your association with the Saudi regime.

To: Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Sundar Pichai (Google), Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Bill Gates (Gates Foundation), Satya Nadella (Microsoft), Chuck Robbins and John Chambers (Cisco), Peter Thiel (Palantir), Michael Bloomberg, Marc Andreessen, Sam Altman (YC), Vinod Khosla, Alex Karp (Palantir), Sal Khan (Khan Academy), Rony Abovitz (Magic Leap), Joe Lonsdale (8vc)