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Why Tim Cook’s Remarks in China Have Sparked Outrage

NTK’s latest video explains the issue and why Cook’s remarks betray Apple’s “values.”

By NTK Staff | 12.19.2017 @12:00pm

“If you see something going on that’s not right, the most powerful form of consent is to say nothing.”

Those are Apple CEO Tim Cook’s words from a September event. Cook pontificated Apple’s values and why a company must stand for social good.

“It’s not fair,” Cook added, going on to list a series of stakeholders impacted by silent consent, “for your country or for each country that you happen to be operating in.”

But Cook drew the ire of many free speech and human rights activists when he recently spoke in China.

For months, Apple has been appeasing the authoritarian regime in China by deleting Virtual Private Network (VPN) apps that would allow Chinese citizens to get around the so-called “Great Firewall” put in place by the Chinese government to limit information flow.

When Cook arrived in China earlier this month, he advocated for the very “consent” he lambasted in September in the U.S.

“When you go into a country and participate in the market, you are subject to the laws and regulations of that country,” Cook said at the Fortune Global Forum in China.

Response was swift to Cook’s remarks.

“So again, here’s an example of a company, in my view, so desperate to have access to the Chinese marketplace that they are willing to follow the laws of that country even if those laws run counter to what those companies’ own standards are supposed to be,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said during a Capitol Hill hearing last week.

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