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Tim Cook’s human rights hypocrisy is ‘staggering’


Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Brendan Carr told Breitbart News in an exclusive statement Thursday that Apple CEO Tim Cook’s hypocrisy on human rights is “staggering.”

Cook gave a keynote address at the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) conference in Washington, DC, last week. During his speech, he repeated a long-held assertion that Apple considers privacy a “basic human right.” He attacked a “data industrial complex built on a foundation of surveillance” and urged companies to improve the privacy of their users.

Carr said Cook’s words rang hollow because he was largely unaware of the company’s own conduct in China.

Carr said Cook’s words “in Washington are grounded in the harsh reality of Apple’s conduct in China:”

Carr told Breitbart News in an exclusive statement that Cook’s hypocrisy was “mind blowing.”

“How Tim Cook didn’t get whiplash when he looked up from his speech and his own operations in China is beyond me,” Carr remarked.

Apple CEO Tim Cook waves as he arrives at the China Development Forum economic summit in Beijing on March 23, 2019. (NG HAN GUAN/AFP via Getty Images)

“We should no longer look the other way when global corporations stand side by side with authoritarian regimes,” he added. In her letter to Cook, Carr noted the many ways that Apple allowed the Chinese government to censor apps and allowed the government to invade the privacy of Chinese citizens:

… your company was continuing its well-documented campaign in Beijing to aggressively censor apps at the behest of the Chinese Communist Party. In fact, like the New York Times previously reported, “Mr. Cook often talks about Apple’s commitment to civil liberties and privacy. But to stay on the good side of Chinese regulators, his company put Chinese customer data at risk and aided government censorship in the Chinese version of its App Store. Or as Amnesty International’s Asia director once said, “Apple has become a cog in the censorship machine that presents a government-controlled version of the internet…. If you look at the behavior of the Chinese government, you see no resistance from Apple – no history of defending the principles to which Apple claims to be so committed.

China is not opening up or leaning towards freedom because Apple does business there. Far from there. Chian suppresses individual freedom at an accelerated pace. Look at Hong Kong. Look at Xinjiang. … Continuing to associate with brutal regimes like communist China only provides them with tacit – if not explicit – support and emboldens these bad actors. This gives them a veneer of openness and legitimacy, while allowing them to monitor individuals and limit their human rights.

Carr also criticized Apple for allowing China to censor the Voice of America app and asked if Apple would allow Chinese citizens to access the app through its App Store in China.

Rachel Bovard, director of policy at the Conservative Policy Institute (CPI), said: “Companies who claim they need to be insulated from public policy so they can save the use of China are actually in bed with China. Example eleven billion.

“Please stop listening to tech-paid national security pundits, tech-paid think tanks, and anyone else who repeats this claim in outlandish disregard of the factual record. It is in fact insulting that they expect you to believe it,” she added.

Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.


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