During his acceptance speech for the Anti-Defamation League’s first ever “Courage Against Hate” award today, Apple CEO Tim Cook made it clear that his company won’t shy away from taking moral positions.
“We only have one message for those who seek to push hate, division or violence: You have no place on our platforms,” Cook said.
Under his leadership, Apple is a company with a social conscience. “At Apple, we are not afraid to say that our values drive our curation decisions. And why should we be? Doing what’s right, creating experiences [free] from violence and hate, experiences that empower creativity and new ideas is what our customers want us to do,”
Cook pointed out that Apple has always banned music that espouses white supremacy from iTunes and Apple Music “because it’s the right thing to do.”
He promised that “We won’t give a platform to violent conspiracy theorists on the App Store,” an apparent reference to permanently banning Alex Jones and Infowars this fall.
Tim Cook optimistic about tech
The Apple CEO laid out his vision for the future: “Technology should be about human attention. It should be about optimism. And we believe the future should belong to those who use technology to build a better, more inclusive, and more hopeful world.”
Cook’s speech was given at the third annual “Never Is Now” summit, a venue to discuss the problems of anti-Semitism and hate in general. It was held today in New York.