Rotten Apple

Aug 18, 2017 by

Tech CEOs like Apple’s Tim Cook offer no quarter to conservatives in U.S. legislatures, but, with billions in profits on the line, they collaborate with dictators in China

by June Cheng –

Two years ago, when Apple CEO Tim Cook accepted the Ripple of Hope award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, he outlined the Apple Doctrine: “We reject pessimism and cynicism. We see no contradiction between a hard-headed realism and an unshakable idealism that says anything is possible if we just get to work.”

Cook was accurate in one sense. Since Cook became Apple’s head as Steve Jobs was dying in 2011, Apple has unshakably pushed for same-sex marriage and other LGBT ideals while supporting boycotts of North Carolina and other states that pushed back against the transgender agenda. At the same time, it has maybe realistically, but certainly cynically, been the Chinese government’s little brother in suppressing freedom of information. China’s leaders have banned depiction on television of LGBT relationships.

Since Chinese government censors block popular sites like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and The New York Times, millions of Chinese use virtual private networks (VPNs) to access those websites or connect with colleagues in other countries. But this year the Chinese government with help from U.S. tech companies is cracking down on VPN usage. At the end of July, Apple became the latest in a long line of tech companies to kowtow to Beijing by pulling more than 60 VPN apps from its App Store in China.

‘Liberal social justice CEOs such as Apple’s Tim Cook and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos like to champion human rights and stand up to local and federal governments here in the United States when it is politically expedient and the stakes are low.’ —Justin Danhof

Other U.S. tech companies have been Chinese government lackeys. In 2005, Yahoo provided the Chinese government with information about journalist Shi Tao’s personal email account that led to his 10-year prison sentence for sharing “state secrets.” The same year, Microsoft shut down the blog of a famous human rights activist under Chinese orders and blocked sensitive words like “democracy” and “human rights” from its Chinese blogging platform.

Source: Rotten Apple | WORLD News Group

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