Russia’s annexation of Crimea forces Apple to choose between sales and truth.
Posted by friend-of-the-blog Greg Bates:
This is reality distortion field 2.0. Apple’s map is fake news in service of the state. The question isn’t how can we “make sure our customers can enjoy using Maps and other Apple services, everywhere in the world [link].” Rather, it is, does Apple take the side of sales or truth? So far it’s sales. The question increasingly faced by multinational companies is, how far are we willing to go to help countries violate international law, and help powerful people like Trump get away with lies (recall Cook’s acceptance of Trump saying he had opened its factory in Texas).
These aren’t oddball skirmishes; companies usually take the money, even while they proclaim they “do no evil”. Apple is no exception.
My take: “We are better than this.” — Rep. Elijah Cummings.