Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday blasted the recently-passed voting law in Georgia as a threat to democracy, and has come under fire himself for his company’s lack of comment on human rights abuses in China.
“The right to vote is fundamental in a democracy. American history is the story of expanding the right to vote to all citizens, and Black people, in particular, have had to march, struggle and even give their lives for more than a century to defend that right,” Cook told Axios in a statement.
"Apple believes that, thanks in part to the power of technology, it ought to be easier than ever for every eligible citizen to exercise their right to vote," he added.
"We support efforts to ensure that our democracy’s future is more hopeful and inclusive than its past."
The Daily Caller ripped Cook for condemning Georgia’s law while defending Apple’s business with China. The website notes that in 2019, Apple removed an app that was popular with the Hong Kong protestors after the Chinese government complained that people were using it for “illegal behavior.”
The website notes that “A Daily Caller News Foundation analysis last year noted that in 2017, Apple admitted to removing hundreds of private network apps in China that allowed users to avoid detection by government censors. In 2018, Apple built a data center that complied with Beijing’s cyber security laws, which allowed the government to scoop up data on political dissidents.”
The Daily Caller adds, “Apple, which booked $21 billion in revenue from sales in China in its most recent quarter, has recently lobbied Congress to soften language in a bill aimed at forcing American companies to stop sourcing supplies from forced labor camps in Xinjiang, where the Chinese government houses millions of Muslim Uyghurs.”
Cook isn’t the only high-profile chief executive to speak out against Georgia’s election bill. Delta CEO Ed Bastian recently said: “I need to make it crystal clear that the final [Georgia] bill is unacceptable and does not match Delta’s values,” and Coca-Cola chief executive James Quincey told CNBC: “Let me get crystal clear and unequivocal. This legislation is unacceptable.”
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