WASHINGTON DC, Sunday, March 29, 2020 (WAFA) – After 8 months of campaigning to demand that Microsoft drop their investment in AnyVision, the Israeli facial recognition company, the hi-tech giant finally announced its divestment from the former.
"This is a huge and sorely needed victory at a time when corporations and governments have begun to use COVID-19 as an excuse to violate human rights," said a statement by the international campaign to demand Microsoft divestment from AnyVision, adding: "A win against a massive corporation like Microsoft is meaningful and important."
The campaign said that "with Microsoft workers, community leaders in Seattle, MPower Change, and SumOfUs – we can make significant change happen and get a corporate giant to do the right thing."
The campaign explained that as soon as Microsoft announced a $74 million investment in AnyVision last June, a campaign was launched "demanding they drop the facial recognition tech company, which an investigation found was secretly surveilling Palestinians."
"AnyVision‘s surveillance violates Palestinians‘ human rights, privacy, and basic dignity. Over 75,000 people signed our combined petitions to Microsoft, and we held a powerful action at Microsoft HQ where we delivered those names in person."