Apple’s Tim Cook on Deplatforming

Listen to the NPCs in the audience clap like trained seals as the message of censorship is delivered.  “Because it’s the right thing to do. … our values drive our curation decisions.”

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Author: John Walker

Founder of Ratburger.org, Autodesk, Inc., and Marinchip Systems. Author of The Hacker's Diet. Creator of www.fourmilab.ch.

24 thoughts on “Apple’s Tim Cook on Deplatforming”

  1. In a post modern world I thought no one had the right to tell others what the right way was. I suppose Tim Cook forgot that he runs a software/hardware company. Isn’t it ironic that the company that had the message “Think Different” has become “Think the same or else”?  I suppose if you cannot succeed in creating great stuff you have to do something with your life.

    A: Have you heard that Tim Cook wants to deplatform people?

    B: No. Where did he announce it? Tienanmen Square? May a hundred flowers bloom. /sarcasm

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  2. Pardon me while I retch. This will only augment my search for alternatives  to Apple (I already abstain from all “social media”). Will he sing the same tune when he learns he has no entitlement to around half his company’s users?

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  3. It’s a reboot of “That’s not who we are.” Also reminiscent of “the right side of history.”  In other words, if you don’t agree with me, shut up.

    Have you noticed how many ways the Left has found to say “shut up”? A person might think they didn’t want to hear any dissent at all.

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  4. civil westman:
    Pardon me while I retch. This will only augment my search for alternatives  to Apple (I already abstain from all “social media”). Will he sing the same tune when he learns he has no entitlement to around half his company’s users?

    Microsoft, Google, and the rest of Big Tech are no better. It’s a Hobson’s choice.

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  5. drlorentz:
    Microsoft, Google, and the rest of Big Tech are no better. It’s a Hobson’s choice.

    Either use their services and ignore their policies or not. It won’t be long before every store, service or business we engage with join the crowd of censors. I personally refuse to allow any of them to change my shopping habits because that gives them influence over my actions.

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  6. Logically how do you banned people in the name of not excluding people?

    Isn’t it curious that people who are probably against traditional morality would use the word sin? They want to send people out of the “church” or to “hell” for breaking their “10 Commandments”.  It is an unworkable solution. To channel Margaret Thatcher ” The problem with the left you soon run out of inoffensive things.” You no longer have the right to say what you think. You don’t have a right to not say what they think.

    I like Chesterton. He nailed the ambiguity nearly a hundred years ago. The left wants to use moral language without a moral code. They believe in the survival of the fittest then are surprised by the cruelty of what that means. They have their poster of the “cuddly” polar bear but don’t like to show that bear eating lunch.

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  7. I can’t follow everything but do these people ever show forgiveness to the “offenders”? Once you are cast out can you “repent” and come back in. From what I have seen they are into “search and destroy”.  Alan Dershowitz  has been very clear that the left is more to be feared than the right.

    I do find the word “deplatform” to be Orwellian. It sounds so “Enemy of the State” to me.

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  8. What is a good alternative to an iPad?  I use it mostly for Kindle books, the Web and podcasts.  I have already dumped the MacBook for a Linux box.

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  9. 10 Cents:
    To channel Margaret Thatcher ” The problem with the left you soon run out of inoffensive things.” You no longer have the right to say what you think. You don’t have a right to not say what they think.

    Love this and thanks for sharing. She had so many quotable quotes but I’ll share my very favorite:

    The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.

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  10. WillowSpring:
    What is a good alternative to an iPad?

    I switched from an iPad Air to a Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 in June 2018.  I, also, use it mostly for Kindle books, plus Web access.  I have no complaints, and the WiFi is much better than the iPad’s.

    If you get an Android device, be sure to get it in a sealed box from the manufacturer, as opposed to from a mobile carrier who may pre-load lots of garbage adware.

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  11. WillowSpring:
    What is a good alternative to an iPad?  I use it mostly for Kindle books, the Web and podcasts.  I have already dumped the MacBook for a Linux box.

    Is MacBook a platform from which one can be banned?

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  12. It seems to me Tim Cook needs to worry more about running his company than lecturing his customers about their bad think. Much more.

    Cook has taken Apple from the company that invented the iPhone to the company that is trying to become a movie studio.

    Bad idea, I think. Steve Jobs famously said something like the typical fate of a tech enterprise was to eventually appoint the salesman who expanded the company into South America as CEO, wrecking it.

    I couldn’t find the exact quote in my brief search, but then again Apple hasn’t exactly done that, either.

    They put the guy who was in charge of buying parts in charge. I suspect this has led to a de-emphasis of creating new things in favor of making best use of the parts they already have- ye old mac mini, I’m especially thinking of you- and the move into the movie business, which doesn’t really have that sort of part at all.

    Shrug. Just my opinion as a former potential customer.

    About Apple’s silly attempt to moralize- Tim Cook  is apparently quite happy to do business with the butchers of Beijing and the gay-hating monarchy of Saudi Arabia, so the only feeling I can conjure up about his latest round of virtue signaling is mild contempt- and a slightly enhanced interest in Samsung.

    Nice phones, aren’t they? And they don’t come with a sneering, virtue signaling lecture.

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  13. Xennady:
    Cook has taken Apple from the company that invented the iPhone to the company that is trying to become a movie studio.

    Well, Steve Jobs was behind Pixar. They seem to have done reasonably well. Just sayin’.

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  14. My husband and I own Samsungs because we wanted to avoid the hassle of compatibility with our PCs and laptops plus we use cells simply to communicate emergencies. I like keyboards and big screens for writing and general communication and we were comfortable with what we owned.

    Xennady:
    About Apple’s silly attempt to moralize…

    This is truly a good example of how Apple has lost its edge after the death of Steve Jobs who only cared about gaining the upper hand in new and advanced technology and had the chutzpah to tell Barack Obama he’d be a one term president if he didn’t educate himself about business and America’s sorry lack of engineers. (Of course, this advice was ignored.)

    I always admired Jobs and compared him to Henry Ford in the first half of that dynasty. The $5 dollar a day wage increase and the River Rouge plant were visionary decisions.

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  15. Well, Steve Jobs was behind Pixar. They seem to have done reasonably well. Just sayin’.

    If I recall correctly- and I may not, as I have no particular interest in this topic- Pixar is what actually made Steve Jobs a billionaire. But Pixar was actually a new creation, a tech company that used computers to make movies, quite successfully. Disney, not Apple, owns Pixar now, btw.

    Tim Cook’s Apple isn’t making movies in some new and awesome high-tech fashion like Pixar only better. They’re doing it the old fashioned way, by pouring money into the same old same old Hollywood crapfest, because their CEO can’t figure out anything better to do with Apple’s vast cash hoard- a legacy of Steve Job’s genius, btw- other than dump it into the same old same old blah blah blah.

    I just don’t see good things on Apple’s horizon. More virtue signalling, less success, and an eventual ignominious exit by Tim Cook.

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  16. Here is the full speech from which the clip in the original post was extracted.  This was Tim Cook’s acceptance speech for the inaugural “Courage Against Hate” award from the Anti-Defamation League.

    I have set the start point to skip the lengthy introduction.  Move the play pointer back to the beginning if you’d like to see it.

    Especially, given the venue, I wonder how many in the audience have read Victor Klemperer’s I Will Bear Witness, the diaries of a language professor in Dresden in Nazi Germany who, despite being a baptised Christian, was deemed Jewish by ancestry and subjected to the Nazi race laws.  Klemperer’s account vividly describes “de-platforming”: exclusion from employment, the ability to publish, use of the telephone, and ability to travel by top-down enforcement of an ideology which considered him “deplorable”.

    Here is Tim Cook, starting at 16:27.  “After all, history is full of examples of what can happen when those with power, and those who ought to have good judgement, instead look the other way.”  Indeed….

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  17. John Walker:
    Here is the full speech from which the clip in the original post was extracted.  This was Tim Cook’s acceptance speech for the inaugural “Courage Against Hate” award from the Anti-Defamation League.

    I have set the start point to skip the lengthy introduction.  Move the play pointer back to the beginning if you’d like to see it.

    Especially, given the venue, I wonder how many in the audience have read Victor Klemperer’s I Will Bear Witness, the diaries of a language professor in Dresden in Nazi Germany who, despite being a baptised Christian, was deemed Jewish by ancestry and subjected to the Nazi race laws.  Klemperer’s account vividly describes “de-platforming”: exclusion from employment, the ability to publish, use of the telephone, and ability to travel by top-down enforcement of an ideology which considered him “deplorable”.

    Here is Tim Cook, starting at 16:27.  “After all, history is full of examples of what can happen when those with power, and those who ought to have good judgement, instead look the other way.”  Indeed….

    Thanks.

    Sadly those who cry about exclusion are the ones that become the excluders.   The Utopians don’t  build  heaven on earth but a place that is more fitting to be called the nether regions.

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  18. Time to start holding these companies accountable for the content they allow to be published and make them subject to libel and defamation law instead of exempting them as neutral platforms. They don’t get to have it both ways.

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  19. At the outset, the distance between deplatforming and beheading (or firing squad or other imaginative lethal means) is measured in millimeters, subsequently the space diminishes to micrometers. Such is always the way of revolutionaries.

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  20. John Walker:
    Here is Tim Cook, starting at 16:27. “After all, history is full of examples of what can happen when those with power, and those who ought to have good judgement, instead look the other way.” Indeed….

    Cook’s speech is full of platitudes about the importance of hope and “our own humanity” but absent of any intellectual content. The lack of self-awareness in the passage quoted above is extreme yet unsurprising. These folks live their lives isolated from reality.

    The Star-Wars-like theme music to introduce Cook, starting at about 8:30, was a bit unsettling. Who do they think he is? They should have used Darth Vader’s leitmotif instead.

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