In response to questions from BuzzFeed News, Microsoft spokesperson Frank X. Shaw clarified his company's position on the use of customer data. "We've been clear about our values. We oppose discrimination and we wouldn't do any work to build a registry of Muslim Americans," said Shaw.
The company's statement comes a day after its CEO, Satya Nadella, attended a tech summit hosted by President-elect Donald Trump, and at a moment many when tech leaders are under increasing pressure — from both their own employees and the public — to explain how their companies would respond to government requests from the incoming administration, including being asked to build a Muslim registry.
Microsoft initially declined to comment on hypotheticals when BuzzFeed News asked earlier this week, pointing instead to a blog post by Microsoft's president and chief legal officer Brad Smith written the day after the presidential election. The company goes into more detail about its principles and policies related to law enforcement and national security requests in its digital trust report.