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Tim Cook says white supremacists have ‘no home’ on Apple



Tim Cook ADL speech
Cook at the Anti-Defamation League’s “Never is Now” summit in New
York City.


  • Tim Cook has said people sowing “hate, division, or
    violence” have no place on Apple platforms.

    specifically decried white supremacists.
  • Cook said Apple showed this year that it won’t enable
    “violent conspiracy theorists,” in an apparent reference to
    Alex Jones, who Apple permanently banned from its platforms
    earlier this year.
  • He appeared to take a dig at Facebook, YouTube, and
    Twitter, saying now is not the time “to get tied up in knots”
    when dealing with hate speech.

After being awarded the first “Courage Against Hate” award by the
Anti-Defamation League, Tim Cook gave a speech saying tech needs
to take a moral stand against white supremacy.

In doing so, the Apple CEO appeared to take the latest in a long
line of swipes against some of his rivals, including Facebook,
YouTube, and Twitter.

Apple took a strong stance against conspiracy theorist Alex Jones
in August, removing his podcasts from iTunes and its podcast app.
This set off
a chain reaction of big tech companies booting the Infowars host
off their platforms

“At Apple, we believe technology needs to have a clear point of
view on this challenge,” Cook said on Monday night. “There is no
time to get tied up in knots. That’s why we only have one message
for those who seek to push hate, division, or violence: You have
no place on our platforms. You have no home.”

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He added: “If we can’t be clear on moral questions like these
then we’ve got big problems. At Apple, we are not afraid to say
that our values drive our curation decisions. Doing what’s right
— creating experiences free from violence and hate, experiences
that empower creativity and new ideas — is what our customers
want us to do.”

The “tied up in knots” comment could be read as a message for the
platforms that swiftly followed Apple in banning Jones.

Facebook removed the conspiracy theorist, but this was after
suspending him for 30 days in July. YouTube took similar action,
again after a previous suspension. Twitter permanently suspended
Jones in September, but again this was after an earlier temporary

Although Apple did also dither over Jones. It permanently

removed the Infowars app from the App Store for “objectionable
in September, despite having stated
it had no plans to do so in August

Cook continued: “The most sacred thing that each of is given is
our judgement, our morality, our own innate desire to separate
right from wrong. Choosing to set that responsibility aside at a
moment of trial is a sin.”

He went on to say that Apple has always prohibited music with a
history of white supremacy. “Why? Because it’s the right thing to
do. And as we showed this year, we won’t give a platform to
violent conspiracy theorists. Why? Because it’s the right things
to do,” he said.

Cook has repeatedly called out rivals this year, without actually
naming them. In particular, he has taken a swipe at the privacy
standards of firms like Facebook following the catastrophic
Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

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