Tim Cook accepts Free Expression Award, makes sly comment on Trump's agenda

Tim Cook accepts Free Expression Award, makes sly comment on Trump's agenda

Imagine what it’s like to be at the helm of a company that is worth hundreds of billions of dollars, and produces products that are used by humans of almost any age. You are thinking McDonald’s, right?

In Apple’s case, the company presents various platforms for all kinds of expression, interaction and different forms of creation. The influence it can cause through its products, campaigns and presence, is immeasurable. Being at the lead of such a force puts you in a tough position, as your voice and decisions have a semi-direct impact on huge masses of people.

Last night, Apple CEO Tim Cook was honored with the Free Expresion Award, and gave the longest speech of the night, at the Newseum in Washington, DC. Since he took over from Steve Jobs, Cook has become popular among expression rights activists and LGBT groups, alike. He stirred the company through the San Bernardino incident and has showed real engagement with private date protection, education and climate change. Tim Cook also gained a lot of popularity through his stance on Trump’s election and some of his politics, and arguably made a remote sardonic comment to his address at the event last night. Cook said that "we must be open to alternative points of view, not alternative facts", arguably addressing Trump's concept of "alternative facts".

At times when basic freedoms are intermingled heavily with technology, and often rely on it, Cook took time to comment on the importance of protecting what the First Amendment promises.

Upon receiving the award, Apple’s CEO reminded us of the times we live in and drew a parallel with the huge amount of forms of expression we have nowadays. He accepted the award on behalf of Apple, acknowledging that the achievement is a group effort, just as much as it is a personal one.

Kudos, Tim, keep up the good work!

source: AppleInsider via 9To5Mac

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8 Comments

1. Ronan

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 21, 2017

"Kudos, Steve, keep up the good work!" This author is an iCheerleader. Lmao!

3. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2293; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

"Not just the forms of speech that entertain us, but the ones that challenge us. The ones that unnerve and even displease us. They’re the ones that need protection the most." Question: while the author says this pertains to Trump, does it not also pertain to college campuses that are creating "safe spaces" and "anti-hate speech" rules that shield people from talking about certain topics? Does it also not pertain to hearing criticism of any idea, whether the majority agrees with it or not?

4. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Thats double standard at its best from liberal..

18. Awalker

Posts: 1962; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

You don't seem to understand what free speech is. The only entity obligated to respect your speech is the government. Any other entity that respects your speech is doing it out of courtesy.

21. Furbal unregistered

That'd be fine if it applied to both sides. One side gets a pass, other side gets lawsuits for civil rights violations.

6. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

It's funny how many Trump-dissenters got him into office by being smug, arrogant pricks. Thank you liberals for proving everyone else's point while missing it yourselves consistently.

8. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Wait until PhoneArena drops Tim Cook's opinions about Trump in unrelated articles, you guys are so cucked- I mean clever.

20. p51d007

Posts: 700; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

LOL, Cook has to keep the liberal iconic iPhone up there.

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