Yesterday, I was reporting about AirBnb joining forces with the tech giants who try to help the people affected by Trump’s travel ban by offering free accommodation. Today, Another big company is stepping up their game: Viber announced that free calls will be available through Viber Out from the US to all the countries affected by the recent travel ban.
Viber, which was acquired in 2014 by Rakuten for $900 million, will offer people in the US the chance to call landlines and mobiles for free. This will only work for the countries affected by the travel ban: Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya and Yemen. Both calls to these countries and from these countries to the US will be free of charge.
Viber COO Michael Shmilov said “Viber has always been committed to enabling people to connect freely and securely whenever and wherever they are. Under the current circumstances, we feel obligated to enable our users to remain close even when apart.”
A nice move showing support to those in the affected countries and, as I was saying yesterday, a reason not to lose hope in humanity. Some people make mistakes, others try to fix them as they can.