Apple's CEO Promises to Discriminate Against Views He Doesn't Like - That May Include Franklin Graham's Biblical Response
- Now so far, Apple has publicly banned
the conspiracy theory site Info Wars,
but it's unclear how far Cook
is willing to go with his censorship
or how far his definitionof hate speech may extend,
but some of his broadercomments about morality
have raised serious concernsamong conservatives.
Let's listen to Tim Cook now.
- At Apple, we believe that technology
needs to have a clear pointof view on this challenge.
There is no time to get tied up in knots.
That's why we only have one message
for those who seek to pushhate, division and violence.
You have no place on our platforms.
- Franklin Grahamresponded directly to Cook
in a Facebook post and asked the question
who defines morality?
Graham also reminded his followers
that Cook's commentsshould concern all of us.
He wrote, the only thingis, as sinful human beings,
we don't get to define morality or sin
according to our own desires,preferences or agendas.
Tim Cook can't, I can't and you can't.
Sin and morality has been defined
by the God of the universe,God and God alone.
God's Word, the Bible is the standard
by which questions of good and evil,
and right and wrong are determined.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday,
the battle betweenGoogle and conservatives
returned to Capitol Hillas the tech giant CEO
assured House Judiciary Committee members
he runs the corporation without partiality
toward any ideology.
GOP lawmakers pressedGoogle's CEO Sundar Pichai,
on allegations of employee'santi conservative bias
and how that may influence thecompany's business practices.
Pichai denied the charges,saying he leads the company
quote, without political bias.
- Mark, real quick, do weknow what Americans think
about the alleged bias
when it comes to social media companies?
- Good question.
A study from the Pugh Research Center
reveals concerns of bias are bipartisan.
Researchers found that 85% of Republicans
and 62% of Democrats believesocial media companies
intentionally censor viewpoints
that they find objectionable.
- All right, thank you much, Mark.
Want to continue the conversation now
with Craig Bannister,an editor with CNS News.
He joins us with more on Cook's comment.
So Craig, your colleague MichaelChapman blogged about this
and he talks specificallythe comments he made
quote, not defining those whoseek to push, hate, division,
Why is this so concerning?
- Well, as Reverend Graham said,
this shouldn't be a subjective matter
but apparently morality in Apple's eyes
and Mister Cook's is,
and the concern is what about Christians,
conservatives, Jews and Muslims
who believe homosexuality is a sin?
Does that violate Apple'ssense of morality,
and is that going to be banned?
- Should Americans beconcerned when it comes
to constitutional free speech rights
when it comes to these platforms?
- Well, I think absolutely.
We've seen numerous examples, anecdotally,
reports from differentconservative organizations,
news organizations, whohave seen and sited examples
of bias in this, and it'srestricting what Americans,
especially today's internetaddicted Americans see
and what information they have access to
and then you also have theso called fact checkers
of these social media platforms.
And if they are bias in doing their job,
the information that Americansget is going to mislead them.
- Do you think there's adouble standard with this,
when Apple sells music aswell as videos with profanity
and sexual images versuscensoring and banning
for instance, Info Warsconspiracy theorist Alex Jones
because the content and opinions.
What do you think this suggests?
- Well, I think absolutely thisdoes show a double standard,
some hypocrisy, again, as you're saying,
Apple on iTunes features musicthat promotes gun violence.
Well, that's violence.
Violence against women,
and frequent use of theracially charged N word.
If they actually did intend on rooting out
violence, hate, racism,
then why are they still profiting
from promoting theseproducts on their platforms?
- And you also wrote aboutthe situation with Google
at a congressional hearingaddressing censorship
among other things.
Do you believe theymanipulate search results?
- Well, as Google's CEO was saying,
there isn't typically oneperson looking at one post.
It's, a lot of it isbased on their algorithms.
But that doesn't excusethem, because as you know
from programming language,
the expression garbage in, garbage out.
You can program thesealgorithms to look for words
like Christian, faith, morality,
traditional marriage and ifyou dub those hate speech,
well, then, it's going to discriminate
against certain points ofview, Christian points of view.
- All right, Craig Bannister,with CNS News Service.
Thank you so much for your insights.