Tim Cook says white supremacists and conspiracy theorists have no place on Apple platforms

"We only have one message for those who seek to push hate, division, or violence: You have no place on our platforms," Cook said.


Apple CEO Tim Cook has said in no uncertain terms that white supremacists, as well as 'dangerous conspiracy theorists', will not be tolerated on any Apple platform.

Cook, who received the 'Courage Against Hate' award from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), in his acceptance speech stressed on Apple's commitment to prevent any kind of hate speech from existing and spreading on its platforms.

 Tim Cook says white supremacists and conspiracy theorists have no place on Apple platforms

Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook speaks during a event for students to learn to write computer code at the Apple store in the Manhattan borough of New York December 9, 2015. Image: Reuters

"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 here. From the earliest days of iTunes to Apple Music today, we have 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,” said Cook.

Earlier this year, Apple had banned conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' Infowars app from the App Store. According to ADL's CEO Jonathan Greenblatt, Jones' removal from the Apple platform was a key moment in fighting against hateful content. According to Greenblatt, Apple's decision to remove Infowars also prompted the ban of the app and accounts on other platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Cook said that he was aware that Apple was a technology company, but the devices coming out from Cupertino were thought of by humans, made by humans for humans. He said he worried less about computers who thought like humans but was more concerned about humans who thought like computers.

"We believe the future should belong to those who view technology as a way to build a more inclusive and hopeful world," said Cook.

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