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Facebook Employees Are Boycotting Air Travel Over Trump’s Immigration Ban

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A Facebook executive announced Friday that she helped organize a boycott of air travel over the next 90 days as a means to protest President Donald Trump’s temporary immigration ban.

“Last Sunday, I felt heartbroken. And I decided that I had to do something,” Regina Dugan, vice president of engineering at Facebook, wrote on her social media profile. “Before I knew it, a small rag tag team of citizen coders had formed. A designer made a logo. We put down words, took shifts, encouraged each other through sleepless nights. Two days later, nofly90.com was live.”

At least a handful of employees at Facebook have appeared to join the cause and pledge to either refrain from flying over the next few months, or at least travel by air less often. (RELATED: Google Boss: Trump Admin Is Going To Do ‘Evil Things’)

There are a few options for the boycott, including reducing one’s flying by 10 percent, moving or canceling one planned trip, or abstaining all together.

The point of the boycott is to “reduce flying overall by 10%” in order to make a “$5 billion statement,” according to the initiative’s website.

Dugan and organizers presumably were able to come up with the goal by comparing how many people fly each day in the U.S. (roughly 2 million, according to their numbers) and then calculating how many abstaining customers would be needed to cost the airline industry significant revenue.

“The recent protests have been inspiring and powerful. But it’s not enough for the White House to hear our voices; it must also hear the collective roar of our economic forces,” the boycott’s official page continues.

It is not exactly clear, though, how boycotting air travel will combat Trump’s executive orders and resulting immigration restrictions.

Facebook, as a company, is not involved with Dugan’s form of protest in any way, whether financially or principally, according to Business Insider.

CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg, though, voiced his disapproval of Trump’s executive orders. In fact, he was just one of the many executives in the tech industry to object to the move, with at least two saying they are exploring legal options to fight the Trump administration’s temporary ban. (RELATED: Tech Bigwigs Are Getting Together To Discuss Lawsuits Against Trump)

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