Apple CEO Tim Cook received a “Courage Against Hate” award from the Anti-Defamation League yesterday for censoring online speech, including Infowars’ Alex Jones, whom Cook referred to as a “violent conspiracy theorist”.
“At Apple, we believe technology needs to have a clear point of view,” said Cook during his acceptance speech. “This is no time to get tied up in knots. 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.”
As the Verge noted, Cook’s “violent conspiracy theorists” line “refers to Alex Jones’ Infowars,” which is a defamatory statement because neither Alex Jones or Infowars have ever advocated violence of any kind.
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