Twitter, Facebook, Box support Apple against U.S. government demand to hack iPhone

“Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc., two of Silicon Valley’s most powerful companies, on Thursday backed Apple Inc’s refusal to help the FBI break into an iPhone used by a shooter in the San Bernardino attack, saying that complying would set a dangerous precedent for privacy,” Julia Love reports for Reuters. “It took two days, but the companies’ entry solidifies a small but powerful band of tech giants supporting Apple in its quest to buck government demands that it says would irreparably damage security and erode consumer trust.”

“But other companies are staying mum. Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. have yet to weigh in on the case,” Love reports. “In characteristic fashion, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey used the service itself to lend support to Apple CEO Tim Cook, tweeting ‘We stand with @tim_cook and Apple (and thank him for his leadership).'”

“In a statement, Facebook said, ‘We will continue to fight aggressively against requirements for companies to weaken the security of their systems,'” Love reports. “Although some firms have remained silent, the industry is firmly on Apple’s side, said Aaron Levie, CEO of cloud-based storage provider Box Inc. ‘Companies choose to use their political capital when it is really important or relevant to them,’ Levie said. ‘If individually pressed you would see the same message from essentially any Internet or hardware or enterprise software CEO or company, and that’s because the fundamental security model of our technology would break if you were to comply with this kind of order.’ Levie said he unequivocally supports Cook’s stance.”

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MacDailyNews Take: It’s good to see some tech CEOs are capable of unequivocally supporting Apple. Right, Sundar, you spineless wonder?

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  1. In an age of corporatocracy, where corporations shove We The People off the bus with their fat, parasitic, parasite infested fat asses, it’s brilliant to see a group of quality capitalist companies support one another AND We The People in the demand for privacy and adherence to the US Constitution. That is how things WORK, versus break and rot.

    Bravo all!
    👏 👏 👏 👏

      1. HaHaHa! I’ve never seen the ‘word’ but immediately knew what you meant. It was fun to verify the meaning from the link you offered. – – At this point, I’m still at the opinion level of considering my US government to be ‘stupid’ rather than excremental. Stupid is solvable. Crap is crap is crap. I guess I’m an optimist. 😉

  2. I can under Google’s silence. Hell, their entire business model is based on spying on their customers.

    But Microsoft’s silences is a little surprising. I can only surmise that MS is so deeply intertwined with the government that their overloads have told them to STFU.

    1. All the freakin’ typos in my comment above shows what happens when you don’t have enough morning coffee. Let me restate.
      I can understand Google’s silence. Hell, their entire business model is based on spying on their customers.

      But Microsoft’s silence is a little surprising. I can only surmise that MS is so deeply intertwined with the government that their overloads have told them to STFU.

      1. overlords not overloads, right?
        I too want to see Microsoft come around on this issue, as I expect them to be an Apple business partner some day soon, and an ally in a holy war against Google/AlphaBeta

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