Humans are hypocrites. I understand the sentiment over Apple’s Hong Kong stance, but I’m a pragmatist.
Noah Kulwin is not:
The gadget-enthusiast magic factory last week removed software from its App Store that allowed protesters in Hong Kong to track the movements of law enforcement. Apple claimed in a statement that the app, HKmap.live, was being used “to target and ambush police, threaten public safety, and [that] criminals have used it to victimise residents in areas where they know there is no law enforcement.”
It’s hard to know what exactly is the truth, but it doesn’t matter. China wanted the app dead. Apple killed it.
Cook, in particular, has spent years telling us that he and Apple are above this kind of corporate tyranny. After all, Apple has a perfect rating from the Human Rights Campaign for its treatment of LGBTQ workers, and it touts operations that are “globally powered by 100 percent renewable energy.”
Sometimes there is a simple choice to be made between two evils. Cook made the right choice.