Strong words from Linden Lab, creator of Second Life and Sansar, condemning Trump's bigoted anti-Muslim refugee policy:
We at Linden Lab are extremely disappointed in and adamantly opposed to Trump’s recent executive order on immigration. We reject racism, intolerance, and xenophobia.
We are proud to include immigrants among our leadership, colleagues, and customers, as well as our families, friends, and communities. We value diversity, compassion, and understanding, and we are proud that our products enable people to come together and form meaningful connections regardless of differences in their offline lives.
Trump’s order is counter to what we value and antithetical to American ideals. We join the many voices calling on the US government to remove this restriction as quickly as possible and to refrain from imposing additional barriers that threaten opportunities for immigrants, under-represented minorities, and women.
Many tech companies who previously made overtures to Trump have since condemned his refugee policy, but in much milder terms. Compare Linden Lab's statement, for instance, with Mark Zuckerberg's rather mild and conciliatory demur. As a Linden alum, I'm very proud the company is doing this, and CEO Ebbe Altberg deserves a lot of praise. In doing so, they are being consistent with Second Life's own user guidelines, which expressly forbid bigoted actions and speech regularly put out by Trump and his followers every day:
The Community Standards sets out [behaviors], that will result in suspension or, with repeated violations, expulsion from the Second Life Community. All Second Life Community Standards apply to all areas of Second Life, the Second Life Forums, and the Second Life Website... Actions that marginalize, belittle, or defame individuals or groups inhibit the satisfying exchange of ideas and diminish the Second Life community as a whole. The use of derogatory or demeaning language or images in reference to another Resident's race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual orientation is never allowed in Second Life.
Image credit: Linden Lab's Glassdoor page.