Apple has no problem being woke, except when it might cost the company billions of dollars. Apple removed an app, called HKmap.live, from the app store after it received criticism from the Chinese government. People’s Daily, the Chinese state newspaper, wrote a piece on Oct. 8 criticizing Apple. Two days later, Apple pulled the app down, saying it “threatens public safety.” Quartz Investigative editor John Keefe reported that Apple also took down the Quartz app in China.
As Apple plans to launch its new streaming service this fall, the tech company released a new trailer for one of the flagship series that will be featured on Apple TV+. The Morning Show depicts a fictional network broadcast being thrown into turmoil following the firing of a longtime anchor over allegations of sexual misconduct. Many have noticed the obvious parallels to the 2017 Matt Lauer scandal at NBC’s Today show.
Good news! After being exposed, Apple claims its contractors will stop listening in on your intimate moments, at least for a while. According to The Verge, “Apple has said that it will temporarily suspend its practice of using human contractors to grade snippets of Siri voice recordings for accuracy.” This came after a revelation from The Guardian where an anonymous whistelbower claimed that workers “regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex” as a common part of the job.
A pro-life news website was booted from the Apple News platform without clear explanation on July 31. LifeSiteNews Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief John-Henry Westen contacted the Media Research Center’s Free Speech Alliance coalition requesting “help and the counsel” after being deplatformed for supposed “intolerance.”
On July 8, Wozniak did an interview with TMZ in the Reagan National Airport in D.C. where he expressed his Facebook privacy concerns. Wozniak told TMZ, “I worry because you’re having conversations that you think are private... You’re saying words that really shouldn’t be listened to, because you don’t expect it. But there’s almost no way to stop it.”
Retail companies feel threatened by the rise of tech monopolies. Walmart, Target, Best Buy and others wrote a 10 page letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on June 30. The letter begged the FTC to investigate Amazon and Google for antitrust violations. Business Insider says Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) was attempting to “capitalize on the growing hostility towards big tech in Washington D.C.”
Democrats are threatening to regulate Big Tech. But they’re saying it while their pockets are stuffed with donations from these companies. The House Judiciary Committee announced it was having a hearing concerning “Online Platforms and Market Power, Part 1: The Free and Diverse Press.” The hearing will be held on June 11, at 2:00 pm.
Silicon Valley is full of opportunities for political donations. But a Soros-funded organization wants to make sure any support goes to the correct side of the political spectrum.
Hate speech is the rallying cry of the left. And woe to any conservative who falls afoul of hate speech rules online.
At an Anti-Defamation League event on December 3, Apple CEO Tim Cook extolled the thought-policing standards of Apple and told the audience that anything resembling “division, hatred, or violence,” was not welcome on Apple platforms.
Twitter and Facebook aren’t the only tech companies accused of downplaying or demoting conservative media. Pastor James MacDonald posted a prayer on Facebook for President Donald Trump just before the new SCOTUS nominee was announced. His podcast, Walk in the Word, vanished from the Top 25 chart completely in a matter of 24 hours. According to CBN News, “In the past the podcast had never dipped below the Top 40, within 24 hours it wasn’t even making the Top 200.” Both CBN News and MacDonald wondered if Apple was“shadowbanning” the podcast.