OpenAi CEO Sam Altman On Challenges Faced By Muslims In Tech Industry

Muslims In Tech Industry

In connection to the ongoing conflict in Gaza, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman expressed on Thursday that he believed individuals belonging to the Muslim and Arab communities within the technology sector were hesitant to discuss their recent encounters, citing a sense of discomfort.

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Altman expressed on social media platform X, previously called Twitter, that his Muslim and Arab co-workers, particularly those from Palestine, have shared their unease in discussing their recent encounters due to apprehension of potential reprisals and negative impacts on their professional advancement. 

The chief executive of ChatGPT, which has the support of Microsoft (MSFT.O), called on the technology sector to show empathy towards individuals in those groups. In a reply on X, Altman was asked by a user about his sentiments regarding the experiences of the Jewish community.

Rise of Anti-Semitism

Altman expressed his gratitude towards those in the industry who have supported him in the face of anti-Semitism, which he believes is a mounting concern globally. He noted that he receives less support when it comes to Islamophobia, despite seeing similar levels of oppression for Muslims. 

According to Israeli counts, since October 7 when Hamas, a Palestinian Islamist organization, attacked Israel and caused the death of 1,200 individuals, there has been a significant increase in antisemitism and Islamophobia in the United States and other parts of the world, as has been pointed out by advocates for human rights.

According to the health ministry in Gaza, over 22,000 Palestinians, which is nearly 1% of the population of 2.3 million, have been killed as a result of Israel’s attack on Gaza. 

According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, there was a 172% increase in incidents driven by Islamophobia and prejudice against Palestinians and Arabs in the United States during the two months following the start of the war, compared to the corresponding period in the previous year.

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