Tim Cook: Guns, not porn in Apple’s corner store

A hole in the Apple ethos big enough to fit an AR-15.

From the interview with Recode’s Kara Swisher and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes that aired Friday night.

Swisher: If you were Mark Zuckerberg what would you do?

Cook: We’ve always been focused on curation…. We don’t subscribe to the view that you have to let everybody in that wants to or if you don’t believe in free speech. We’re like the guy in the corner store. What you sell in that store says something about you. And if you don’t want to sell that other thing, you don’t have to. That doesn’t mean you can’t use your iPhone to go to your browser and go to some porno site, if you want to do that.

Swisher: Nobody does that.

Big laugh.

Cook: I’m not making fun of that. But it’s not what we want to put in our store.

Swisher: Mark Zuckerberg, what would you do?

Cook: What would I do? I wouldn’t be in this situation…

Hayes: One of the questions that we got the most out on Twitter was, “Why is Apple streaming NRATV?”

Cook: Yes, it’s a good question. First of all, we don’t stream it. We don’t stream it. We place the app in the App Store so somebody can go in and download it, and they stream the content.

My take: What Apple sells in the App Store says something about Apple. And if Apple doesn’t want to sell that other thing, Apple doesn’t have to.

Full transcript here. Full audio here. How to watch it instructions here.

See also: Is Tim Cook running for president? Part 2. 

4 Comments

  1. Richard Wanderman said:

    I agree with your take PED. I don’t see a lot of difference between streaming it directly on Apple TV and putting an app that will steam it on iOS devices in the App Store. If its questionable, don’t make it available on any Apple devices.

    0
    April 7, 2018
  2. Jonathan Mackenzie said:

    I think the NRA Channel content is disgusting. But the idea that it is available for others to consume doesn’t bother me much. There is a lot of offensive content in the world.

    Apple could weigh in on lots of debates just as it has with pornography. My hope is it doesn’t. I hope Apple allows customers to decide what offends them whenever possible. When it comes to curation by exclusion, less is more.

    1
    April 7, 2018

Leave a Reply