Apple CEO Tim Cook obliquely blasts Facebook for their ‘lack of responsibility’

Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a podcast released Wednesday that Apple is different from other Silicon Valley giants, indirectly targeting Facebook, which shirks its responsibility on issues like misinformation.

“Some of the big issues that are surrounding tech today are the lack of responsibility taken on a platform about what happens,” said Cook. “We clearly take responsibility.”

Facebook, which has increased its criticism of Apple’s policies recently, was likely a thinly-veiled target of Cook’s comments.

Apple CEO Tim Cook (image: CBS News)
Apple CEO Tim Cook in June 2020 (image: CBS News)

Michelle Gao for CNBC:

Cook’s comments, which did not mention rivals by name, came as Facebook ramps up its criticism of Apple’s policies.

“Some people see Silicon Valley as monolithic. And so in particular, the larger companies they sort of put in one bucket, if you will,” said Cook on the podcast. “Some of the big issues that are surrounding tech today are the lack of responsibility taken on a platform about what happens. We clearly take responsibility. We make tough decisions.”

Facebook, Google’s YouTube and Twitter have faced consistent criticism for their misinformation policies, especially this year relating to the presidential election and Covid-19. While Facebook and Twitter have monitored posts about the election results since Nov. 3, YouTube only just announced Wednesday it would start taking down misinformation on that topic.

[“Yesterday was the safe harbor deadline for the U.S. Presidential election and enough states have certified their election results to determine a President-elect,” YouTube said in a blog post. “Given that, we will start removing any piece of content uploaded today (or anytime after) that misleads people by alleging that widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of the 2020 U.S. Presidential election, in line with our approach towards historical U.S. Presidential elections.”]

“You can be a great amplifier of misinformation, of violence, of a lot of different things out there,” said Cook. “We don’t want to be a part of any of this. We don’t want to be a part of the hate at all. And I feel, by and large, that we’ve avoided that.”

Cook also differentiated Apple from other Big Tech companies on privacy, which he said could be “the most important topic of the 21st century” aside from climate change.

Starting in 2021, Apple will remove apps from the App Store that track users without first receiving their permission. This latest step to add privacy features is putting Apple increasingly at odds with advertisers like Facebook, who say the changes hurt their ability to target ads…

MacDailyNews Take: Tim Cook was certainly referencing Facebook (and, likely, Google). The walls sure are closing in on Facebook!

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  1. YouTube, owned by Google, which is in bed with the Democrats, claims the meaningless “safe harbor” date as the impetus for their disinformation crusade.

    These misguided firms and the rubes who listen to the likes of CNN are in for a very rude awakening.

    BREAKING: The 17 U.S. states, so far, listed as backing Texas’ lawsuit against WI, MI, PA & GA in the U.S. Supreme Court are:

    MO, AL, AR, FL, NE, ND, OK, IN, KS, LA, MS, MT, SC, SD, TN, UT, and WV.

    Source: The Supreme Court of the United States

    If I or anyone were to put up a video on YouTube announcing this FACT, they would remove it.

    Why? What are Google, YouTube, etc. so desperate to hide? Are they worried that Biden didn’t really win?

    Votes collected unconstitutionally are by definition unconstitutional and therefore void. If they are mixed into a statewide pool of votes and cannot be removed, those states’ votes are void. The U.S. Constitution has a clear means to correct this – the election goes to the U.S. House to vote for the President (1 vote per state based on party control) and the U.S. Senate for the Vice President (1 vote per senator).

    🙂


    Tim Cook is a leftist virtue-signaling fool.

    CO2 actually causes slightly beneficial warming.

    Precision research by physicists William Happer and Willem van Wijngaarden has determined that the current levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide and water vapor are “saturated.” In radiation physics that means adding more CO2 or water molecules will bring modest warming that will benefit plant growth, and thus all life on Earth. More CO2 and H2O will not cause dangerous warming.

    Source: https://www.cfact.org/2020/12/04/could-co2-actually-cause-slight-beneficial-warming/

      1. More than two dozen states filed motions with the Supreme Court on Thursday opposing Texas’ bid to invalidate President-elect Joe Biden’s wins in four battleground states, a long-shot legal move that Pennsylvania blasted as a “seditious abuse of the judicial process.”

        “Overturning Pennsylvania’s election results is contrary to any metric of fairness and would do nothing less than deny the fundamental right to vote to millions of Pennsylvania’s citizens,” the state’s Democratic attorney general, Josh Shapiro, wrote in response to Texas GOP Attorney General Ken Paxton’s bid to toss out the presidential election results in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Georgia and Michigan.

        Shapiro’s filing said, “Nothing in the text, history, or structure of the Constitution supports Texas’s view that it can dictate the manner in which four other states run their elections.

        “Nor is that view grounded in any precedent from this court. Texas does not seek to have the court interpret the Constitution, so much as disregard it,” the filing continued, urging the court to “send a clear and unmistakable signal that such abuse must never be replicated.”

        1. The Democratic attorney general of Michigan, Dana Nessel, noted in her filing that the claims in Texas’ suit have already “been rejected in the federal and state courts in Michigan” and said the Supreme Court should follow suit or else find itself “the arbiter of all future national elections.”

          Wisconsin pointed to Texas’ argument that the Supreme Court’s “intervention is necessary to ensure faith in the election.”

          “But it is hard to imagine what could possibly undermine faith in democracy more than this court permitting one state to enlist the court in its attempt to overturn the election results in other states,” said the state’s Democratic attorney general, Josh Kaul.

          The response from Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, a Republican, called Texas’ action an “attack on Georgia’s sovereignty” that should be dismissed outright.

          A coalition of 23 Democratic states and territories also submitted a brief opposing Texas’ bid, as did the Republican attorney general of Ohio, Dave Yost, who argued that what Texas was seeking “would undermine a foundational premise of our federalist system: the idea that the States are sovereigns, free to govern themselves.”

    1. trump is a criminal and a con man, and you have been conned.

      Be that as it may, that doesn’t excuse your constant vandalism on this site.

      Would you be kind enough to stop, or would the site owner be kind enough to ban you?

      Thanks in advance.

    2. You do know that because carbon dioxide is an asphyxiant, it mostly affects your brain. At moderate CO2 levels, around 1000 ppm, there are observable effects on your thinking. These same levels also reduce concentration and focus, as well as create discomfort from breathing stuffy air. Overall, moderate levels of CO2, which are very common in office meeting rooms, schools, and cellars, won’t let your body function optimally.
      I suggest you ventilate your tiny world of denial.

  2. Sorry Youtube and others. You can go fsck yourselves 17 States have joined with Texas in a SCOTUS lawsuit to overturn Biden wins in four states. The news is still viable news and who the hell do you think you are to tell people And where were you for the last 4 years of people whining about Trump having stole the election? For that matter, if anyone is a monopoly, it’s YouTube. Still, monopoly status is not a problem, until you start using the power to squelch the viewpoints you don’t like.

    1. And 28 states have filed briefs condemning the attempt to overthrow our federal republic. I would rather have YouTube squelching opinions they don’t like than my home state trying to squelch 81 million votes they don’t like.

  3. So when Trump wins, we are supposed to (and did) call him president, but not the other way around? You two are delusional. Trump is engaging in a Coup, or at the very least a illegitimate power grab. If you fuel this power grab… the resultant issue is larger than “my guy won.” It shakes the very foundations of our electoral system. This could threaten America, and turn is in the the third world nations we laugh at–where presidents win with “98%” vote.

    1. President Trump already won, so yes, you call him president.

      One more time (this isn’t difficult):

      Votes collected unconstitutionally are by definition unconstitutional and therefore void. If they are mixed into a statewide pool of votes and cannot be removed, those states’ votes are void.

      The U.S. Constitution has a clear means to correct this – the election goes to the U.S. House to vote for the President (1 vote per state based on party control) and the U.S. Senate for the Vice President (1 vote per senator).

      Have a wonderful evening.

      1. First off, it’s not going to happen: https://apple.news/AAQ5palb7RMONCgBCEXkHcQ

        Secondly, don’t buy into this false narrative of fraudulent votes this election. Think about it, that means the powers that be ran a fair election in 2016 when Trump was nothing more than an early penniless TV star. Now that he’s the president, all of a sudden the election is rigged? Or it it more likely that he’s so vile that he turned enough people against him to actually lose the election. I know what seems more likely.

        1. While the Trump campaign has frequently alleged voter fraud outside of court, with the exception of the Nevada lawsuit, the campaign has largely backed away from arguing voter fraud in court, with attorney Rudy Giuliani even telling a judge in a Pennsylvania hearing, “This is not a fraud case.”

    1. The real question is whether enough SCOTUS justices have the balls to do the right thing or if they’ll punt due to the perceived threat of leftist riots (which are really composed of just a relative handful of Soros-funded commie scum).

        1. A “masterful strategy” that did not attract even a single vote on the Supreme Court of the United States. Seven justices, including all three of the Trump nominees, refused to even accept the Texas case for filing. The remaining two would have taken the case and then denied all the requested relief.

          I believe that extends the Trump losing record in its election lawsuits to 1-52.

          This means that the certified returns in 49 states plus DC are final and their duly appointed electors will meet to vote on Dec. 14. Because all those states finalized their counts six or more days before the 14th, their votes are conclusively presumed to be valid.

          The only state to miss the safe harbor date due to a pending challenge is Wisconsin, where their Supreme Court has set a hearing for tomorrow, Saturday. Once that challenge is resolved, their electors will also be presumed valid, although not conclusively so. Even if Trump succeeds in disenfranchising all the voters in Wisconsin, that still isn’t enough to overcome Biden in the Electoral College.

      1. SCOTUS, with a majority of conservative justices, didn’t go squishy, they stood by the constitution and state’s rights. Can you imagine if CA tried to bring a lawsuit which invalidated all the votes in Texas?

  4. 17 states (and counting) that didn’t stop counting for some inexplicable, corrupt reason at 1 AM want to know what the f*ck happened in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Detroit, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.

  5. Security; one of Apple’s most significant assets that, I believe, will result in billions to its bottom line…if the company continues to build the security fence around users going forward. Go Apple. Go Tim, in building this moat.

    But, I do squirm a bit when someone says, “we don’t want to be a part of hate.” For the bedwetters that are triggered by the statement, I want to assure you, I hate hate. It’s not good for culture, BUT, what you deem hate and what I deem as hate probably isn’t the same and, MORE importantly, what each of us would do to “solve it” is a significant concern.

    Superficially, it sounds good, I don’t know exactly what Cook means, but it’s no stretch at all that the thinking could manifest exactly as we’ve seen with FB and Twitter’s self-appointment as truth-screeners.

    Apple, please serve to protect from 1984-like advances, while masterfully not compromising the individual’s freedom…even if distasteful or not agreeable.

  6. Joe won. Get over it. And I doubt that he’ll reverse Donald “EO” Trump’s monarchial fiefdom that is now the presidency. As soon as Donald takes his grubby and acquisitive dirty but small hands off of the presidency, the sooner Apple’s stock will rise even more.

  7. Regardless of who is sitting in The Oval in ’21 and maybe part of ’22, the stock market will burn holes in wallets. So many smart people are saying records will be broken and tech will be in the mix.

    Some call it The Melt Up that comes before the Melt Down. We are in bubble times.

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