From Ina Fried’s “Apple’s crumbling wall of silence” posted Tuesday on Axios:
The big picture: The debate inside Apple is at a lower pitch and volume, but echoes similar conflicts within other tech giants, including Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft.
- Google employees have spoken out loudly and frequently over everything from treatment of women to the company’s military work.
- Amazon employees have spoken out about climate concerns, among other issues, while warehouse workers in Alabama tried to unionize to increase their say in working conditions there.
- Workers at Microsoft have also spoken up over its work with the U.S. military and immigration authorities.
- During the presidential election last year, several hundred Facebook workers signed a letter criticizing the decision to allow politicians to lie in paid ads without consequence.
What to watch: The big question is whether Apple’s secretive culture can bend to accommodate some additional discussion — or must fundamentally shift to keep up with its workforce’s evolving views.
My take: That Apple’s internal debates would be lower in pitch and volume than the rest of the Valley sounds about right.