Apple CEO Tim Cook has suggested it would be a “sin” to not censor people on social media who “push division.” In other words, social media CEOs will ban speech they personally find objectionable.
In the 2.5-minute clip, Cook said:
We only have one message for those who seek to push hate, division, and violence: You have no place on our platforms. You have no home here.
“From the earliest days of iTunes to Apple Music today we have always prohibited music with a message of white supremacy. Why? Because it’s the right thing to do.
“And as we showed this year, we won’t give a platform to violent conspiracy theorists on the App Store. Why? Because it’s the right thing to do.
“My friends if we can’t be clear on moral questions like these, then we’ve got big problems…
“I believe the most sacred thing that each of us is given is our judgement, our morality. Our own innate desire to separate right from wrong. Choosing to set that responsibility aside at a moment of trial is a sin.
On the surface, Cook’s message might sound virtuous. After all, wouldn’t we all like to live in a world free of hate and violence? The problem, however, is that we don’t always agree on what constitutes as hate and violence.
Cook claims we have an “innate desire to separate right from wrong,” but based on his comments alone, it’s clear we don’t always agree on where to draw the line.
For example, Cook believes homosexuality is morally acceptable, so he’s not getting his sense of morality from Christianity, or even Judaism or Islam for that matter. Instead, Cook’s appealing to an “innate sense of morality.” In other words, right and wrong are determined by Cook’s personal opinion.
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Rally enough people around you who share a similar opinion and you can claim some sort of hollow moral high-ground. Essentially, Cook is claiming a sort of spirituality, devoid of religion, but guided by his own finite, limited, fallible thoughts. Disagree with Cook and you run the risk of being banned for expressing “divisive” ideas.
On a recent episode of The Ben Shapiro Show, pastor John MacArthur rightly said, looking within for answers to life’s great questions – including questions of how one ought to live – is a form of insanity.
“Essentially what that means is, I’m my own god,” MacArthur said. “Which is a form of insanity.”
“To think that you can navigate the realities of eternity, and life and death, and life after death, and the great questions by looking into your own brain is pathetic… That is a formula for total disaster.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook suggests it's "a sin" to not ban certain people from social media and technology platforms: "We only have one message for those who seek to push hate, division, and violence: You have no place on our platforms. You have no home here." pic.twitter.com/gO5qB6bBuO
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) December 4, 2018