Two Faced Apple Boss Talks Up ‘Responsible Behaviour’ But Fails To Mention Apple’s Shocking Track Record
Apple CEO Tim Cook has tried to justify why his Company removed Parler from his company’s App Store, but he has made no mention of the millions in fines Apple has been hit with for trying to rip off Australia who have invested in the Companies hardware or why the AirPod maker believes they can openly steal technology from other Companies.
Big on trying to tell Apple customers on how they should run their lives or what is ‘responsible behaviour” Cook claims he doesn’t see an “intersection” between the right to freedom of speech and the ability to provoke violence, he was speaking to Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.” in the USA, the show can be seen on Foxtel.
Apple booted the conservative-leaning social media site’s app and Amazon –Web Services dropped Parler from its servers — following the violent riots at the US Capitol on Jan. 6 that led to the deaths of five people.
Currently under investigation in Australia for their business practises Apple, who likes to control what the media write about them, appear to on one hand, to be dictating responsible behaviour from consumers, while initiating marketing and sales practises designed to rip off iPhone customers.
Last year, Apple agreed to settle a U.S. class action lawsuit that accused the company of “secretly throttling” older iPhone models.
Under the proposed settlement, Apple were forced to provide a cash payment of approximately $25 to each eligible iPhone owner who submits a claim, with its total payout to fall between US$310 million and US$500 million.
They have also not hesitated to steal technology for use in their own products without paying a royalty fee to the people or the Companies who developed the technology.
Last year the U.S. Supreme Court refused an Apple appeal of a federal court verdict in a years-long patent dispute, leaving the iPhone maker liable for US$439.7 million in damages and penalties after they basically stole technology from another Company.
A US federal jury found that Apple had violated four patents developed by a Company called VirnetX. This is not the first time that Apple has been caught out using other Companies technology without paying for it via a patent fee.
The patents, for secure networks, were violated by Apple when it incorporated the technology into its iPhones and iPads through a pair of features, FaceTime, and VPN on Demand, VirnetX claimed in Court.
In his latest PR stunt Cook said “We looked at the incitement to violence that was on there. And we don’t consider that free speech and incitement to violence has an intersection,” Cook told host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”
Cook said there are more than 2 million apps on the App Store, and they all are expected to abide by the terms of service.
“We obviously don’t control what’s on the Internet, but we’ve never viewed that our platform should be a simple replication of the Internet. We have rules and regulations and we just ask that people abide by those,” Apple’s top exec said in the interview that aired Sunday.
Asked by Wallace whether taking Parler off Apple would drive the users deeper into the underground, Cook said that doesn’t have to be the case.
“We’ve only suspended them for us. And so, if they get their moderation together, they would be back on there,” he said.
Last year Apple was fined over $30M for deliberately slowing down older iPhone models.
The fine was imposed by France’s competition and fraud watchdog DGCCRF, which said consumers were not warned. French authorities also fined Apple over $1 Billion dollars by antitrust regulators in France for engaging in anti-competitive agreements with two wholesalers.
The penalty imposed on the US tech giant was the largest ever handed out to a company by the Autorité de la Concurrence.
The Italian Competition Authority, Autorité Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato or AGCM, fined Apple €10 million for making misleading claims about the waterproofing of its iPhones. Affected iPhone models went back to 2017’s iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.
In other hits on the questionable Company Apple and Broadcom were ordered last year to pay $1.1 billion in damages for infringing California Institute of Technology patents on Wi-Fi technology, a jury in California ordered.
Apple was ordered to pay US$837.8 million while Broadcom was hit with a US$270.2 million verdict, according to lawyers for CalTech. The school sued the technology companies over a range of patents related to wireless data transmissions.