Microsoft is facing online outrage and calls for a boycott over its contract to help ICE with facial recognition tech

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Microsoft is facing online outrage and calls for a boycott over its contract to help ICE with facial recognition tech


Microsoft has come under fire after a blog post from January resurfaced , detailing how the company is "proud to support" Immigration and Customs Enforcement with a contract for their Azure Government Cloud software.

Azure Government is a cloud computing software that Microsoft sells to various government agencies, but the contract with ICE has received criticism in light of ICE's detention centers and family separation policies. ICE has been at the forefront of news cycles lately, largely because of their detention centers (some of which house thousands of children separated from their parents) and their tendency to separate families at the border.

Around 1 p.m. ET Monday, the section about ICE on the blog post appeared to be removed, only to reappear about 20 minutes later.

Microsoft told Wired reporter Nitasha Tiku that the removal of the portion referencing ICE was a "mistake," and attributed it to an employee editing the blog after seeing discussions about it on social media. The section on ICE has since been added back in.

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Amid the backlash against Microsoft on social media, one website developer, Mat Marquis, wrote on Twitter that he was ending his business with the company over its ICE contract.

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