During former President Bill Clinton’s testimony before a grand jury about his Oval Office shenanigans with 22-year-old White House intern Monica Lewinsky, the Philanderer in Chief shrewdly said, in response to a question, “It depends upon what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.” In Apple CEO Tim Cook’s case, it depends on what his meaning of “that” is.
More precisely, in the case of Apple’s de-platforming of conservative-leaning social media site Parler, it matters a hell of a lot what Cook’s meaning of “that” is, when he says of Parler: “We don’t consider that free speech.”
What, in a word, did Parler do, to first be removed from Apple and Google app stores, and ultimately kicked off Amazon servers in a blatant effort to eliminate Parler?
In a clip released Friday of an interview on this week’s “Fox News Sunday” with host Chris Wallace [of course; safe space], Cook
“We looked at the incitement to violence that was on there, and we, we don’t consider that free speech and incitement to violence has an, has an intersection.”
Wait — “the incitement of violence that was on there.” What violence?
Apple CEO Tim Cook on suspending Parler: “We looked at the incitement of violence that was on there.” https://t.co/ytE9RRmtK2
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) January 16, 2021
I’m already confused. Here’s why.
Journalist Glenn Greenwald has more integrity in one of his little fingers than do Tim Cook, Jack Dorsey, Mark Zuckerberg, and Sundar Pichai in their entire leftist bodies.
Do you know how many of the people arrested in connection with the Capitol invasion were active users of Parler?
The planning was largely done on Facebook. This is all a bullshit pretext for silencing competitors on ideological grounds: just the start.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 11, 2021
So what “that” was Cook talking about? Where’s the beef, Mr. Apple?
Want some more elitist arrogance from Cook? He reminded Wallace that Apple has only “suspended” Parler, and if they “get their ‘moderation’ together, they would be back on there.” So who moderates the moderators, Tim? You? Dorsey? The mayor of Zuckerville? Who bestowed that responsibility on you? Other than yourself, and your aforementioned autocratic comrades?
Apple’s Tim Cook is on Fox News Sunday and said Apple would welcome Parler back to the App Store if it shows it can consistently take down violent posts.
“We’ve only suspended them… If they get their moderation together, they would be back on there.”https://t.co/kWTLBtQA9P
— Jack Nicas (@jacknicas) January 15, 2021
Additional background, as reported by Washington Examiner:
Apple announced it removed Parler from its App Store last week, shortly after the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6.
Before the removal, Apple gave Parler a 24-hour notice seeking a “moderation improvement plan,” saying the company received complaints about the content on the app and cited accusations that users planned to coordinate and pursue illegal activities in the Washington area prior to the riot.
Google took similar action, suspending the app from its Google Play store last week over similar concerns.
[Parler] was the most downloaded app between Nov. 9 and Nov. 15, 2020, according to SensorTower, a marketing intelligence company that tracks app downloads. In December, the site had over 300,000 downloads.
Again, where’s the beef? What evidence against Parler has been presented by Cook, Zuckerberg, or Amazon Emperor Jeff Besos? I have not seen it if it exists.
The “cleansing” being carried out by Big Tech began in earnest earlier this month when Jack Dorsey’s Twitter permanently suspended Donald Trump’s account, as well as more than 70,000 accounts linked to the conspiracy group QAnon. Zuckerberg’s Facebook and Instagram also suspended Trump, claiming that his posts had the potential to incite more violence after the riot.
More ominously, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas released a video this week of the Czar of Twitter not only bragging about shutting down Trump’s account but went further to say that Twitter’s censorship will continue.
O’Keefe stopped by Dana Loesch’s radio show to talk about the sting.
Meanwhile, 2021 continues to do its best to outdo 2020.
And if Tim Cook, Jack Dorsey, Mark Zuckerberg, and Sundar Pichai have their way — and at this point, there is no one to stop them — 2021 could make 2020 look like a piker.