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Asana Rejects Trump’s Anti-Muslim Views, But Is Fine With His Delegate Peter Thiel

"I reject his views on Muslims (and many things) in the strongest possible terms," says Asana co-founder and VP of engineering Dustin Moskovitz, of Trump.

Posted on June 17, 2016, at 6:22 p.m. ET

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Asana, one of a number of technology companies linked to Donald Trump through tech titan Peter Thiel, publicly rejected Trump's recent anti-Muslim comments on Thursday.

Thiel, a Trump delegate, sits on the board of Asana, Facebook, Palantir, and others. After Trump suggested the children of Muslim immigrants are a security threat to the United States, BuzzFeed News asked these companies if they agreed with the candidate's claims — and if they felt safe employing the children of Muslim immigrants. At first, none replied. But after a story noting their silence went live, Asana co-founder and VP of engineering Dustin Moskovitz (who is also a Facebook co-founder) took to Twitter to reject Trump's views. He also stood by Thiel.

@Kantrowitz Facebook has commented: Same for us: Peter did what he did on his own, not as a rep of Asana

@moskov @Kantrowitz as for Trump, I reject his views on Muslims (and many things) in the strongest possible terms.

These companies' ties to Thiel could be a business liability, possibly limiting their ability to recruit Muslim immigrants and their children in Silicon Valley's already-competitive battle for talent, and because the association may turn off customers.

@asana How do Asana employees feel about Peter Thiel backing someone who believes the children of Muslim immigrants pose a security threat?

Some took the topic to Twitter, questioning whether Facebook should be asked about the political beliefs of its board member.

@MikeIsaac do you really want companies to start commenting on politics like this? Can't a company as an entity be apolotical?

Others felt differently.

@MikeIsaac Yeah, if a board member were discovered to be a neo-Nazi or whatever, FB should be made to publicly refute that ideology

Someone on your board is not just supporting but helping a man who wants to ban all Muslims get elected. Time to speak up.

Though it’s unlikely Zuckerberg will remove Thiel from Facebook’s board, he will have the chance to do so at Facebook's annual stockholders meeting on Monday. Thiel, along with the rest of Facebook’s board, is coming up for reelection, and Zuckerberg, as the controlling shareholder, will have an up or down vote. But, to date, Facebook has signaled Thiel will remain on the board.

BuzzFeed News contacted Thiel through Founders Fund, where he is a partner, but did not receive a response.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.