Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, speaks out against the U.S. riot Capitol and defending Parler’s exclusion decision from the Apple App Store of his company, stating that he does not see a “intersection” between the right to freedom of expression and the potential to incite aggression.
Following the violent protests at the US Capitol on January 6 that led to the death of five people, which also included one cop in it. Apple and Google released the conservative-leaning social networking site’s app and Amazon-Web Services dropped Parler from their servers.
We have looked at the incitement to violence there. And we do not consider that there is an intersection between free expression and incitement to violence,” Cook told host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.
Cook said the App Store has more than 2 million applications and they are all required to adhere to the terms of service.
Obviously, we don’t monitor what’s on the Internet, but we never saw that our platform was meant to be a simple Internet replication. We have laws and regulations and we only ask people to comply with them,’ said the top exec of Apple in the interview that aired Sunday.
Asked by Wallace if taking Parler off Apple would push users deeper into the underground, Cook said that it doesn’t have to be the case.
“We’ve only suspended them for us. And so, if they get their moderation together, they would be back on there,” he said.
Many of his followers flocked to Parler, which has less content constraints, after Twitter and a variety of other Major Tech outlets blocked President Trump over his remarks following the uproar at the Capitol.
John Martze, Parler’s CEO, has sued Amazon for dropping the social media business from its servers, citing breaches of US antitrust law.
He also made a statement that he and his family have been getting death threat, and continuous harassment calls, which makes him hide.