- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Individuals who push white supremacy and “violent conspiracy theories” have no place in the digital world, Apple CEO Tim Cook declared Monday.

“We only have one message for those who seek to push hate, division and violence: You have no place on our platforms. … You have no home here,” Mr. Cook said as he accepted the Anti-Defamation League’s first-ever “Courage Against Hate” award at a conference Monday night in New York City.

“If we can’t be clear on moral questions like these, then we’ve got big problems,” he said. “From the earliest days of iTunes to Apple Music today, we have always prohibited music with a message of white supremacy. Why? Because it is the right thing to do. As we showed this year, we won’t give a platform to violent conspiracy theorists on the App Store.”

Earlier this year, Apple became the first tech giant to ban far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from iTunes and its Podcast app. Facebook, YouTube, Spotify and Twitter soon followed suit in deplatforming the Infowars founder.

“At Apple, we are not afraid to say that our values drive our curation decisions,” Mr. Cook said Monday. “And why should we be? 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.”

Mr. Cook said technology should ultimately be used “to build a better, more inclusive, and more hopeful world.”

“I believe the most sacred thing that each of us is given is our judgment, our morality, our own innate desire to separate right from wrong,” he said. “Choosing to set that responsibility aside in a moment of trial is a sin.”


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