Apple CEO Tim Cook: It’s A ‘Sin’ To Not Ban Bad People From Tech Platforms

Apple CEO Tim Cook: It’s A ‘Sin’ To Not Ban Bad People From Tech Platforms

Apple CEO Tim Cook said Monday night that not using one’s judgement to kick certain people off of tech platforms is a sin. While accepting the first-ever “Courage Against Hate” award from the Anti-Defamation League in New York City, Cook said that Apple is proud of exercising its judgement to kick certain people off of its platforms.

“At Apple, we’re not afraid to say our values drive our curation decisions,” he said. “And why should we be?”

“We only have one message for those who seek to push hate, division, and violence: You have no place on our platforms,” Cook said. “You have no home here.”

“I believe the most sacred thing each of us is given is our judgement, our morality, our own innate desire to separate right from wrong,” Cook said. “Choosing to set that responsibility aside at a moment of trial is a sin.”

Earlier this year, Apple pulled podcasts from conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from its iTunes and podcast apps. The company’s decision spurred Twitter, Google, Spotify, and Facebook to all de-platform Jones. A few weeks later, Apple took it a step further by removing the Infowars app from the iTunes store.

Silicon Valley’s relationship with free speech has been under fire as of late. Last week, Twitter permanently banned an account belonging to Federalist Senior Contributor Jesse Kelly without any explanation, only to soon give him his account back without offering any reasons for doing so.

Bre Payton is a staff writer at The Federalist. Follow her on Twitter.
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