Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke publicly for the first time on the banning of Infowars and Alex Jones in an interview with Vice News Tuesday.
— VICE News (@vicenews) October 2, 2018
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Cook, who oversaw Infowars’ podcasts and the highly-popular Infowars app being permanently removed from iTunes and the Apple Store, claimed that his company does not take a political stand.
“What users want from us, and what we’ve always provided them, is a curated platform. We don’t take a political stand,” Cook said. “We’re not leaning one way or the other. You can tell that from the stuff on the App Store and in podcasts, etc. You’ll see everything from very conservative to very liberal.”
When asked by Vice News what specifically led to the ban, Cook declined to provide any examples of alleged policy violations.
“You know, I don’t want to get into a singular kind of event. But I think there’s enough there that reasonable people could agree that if you’re going to curate, that that should be off,” Cook added.
Cook also denied coordinating with other tech companies, which similarly banned Alex Jones and Infowars within hours of Apple’s decision.
“I’ve never even had a conversation about this with any tech company,” Cook said. “We make our decisions independently. And I think that’s important.”
To date, Infowars has had content banned from most of the world’s largest tech services, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Spotify, TuneIn, iHeartRadio and PayPal.
Infowars recently filed an emergency injunction against PayPal in federal court in an attempt to stop the company from setting “a dangerous precedent for any person or entity with controversial views.”