APPLE CEO Tim Cook is no fan of “alternative facts”.
The executive took a swipe at the Trump administration’s concept while accepting the Free Expression Award in Washington.
“We must be open to alternative points of view, not alternative facts,” Cook said, according to 9 to 5 Mac.
The phrase was coined by Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway to defend the size of the President’s inauguration crowd.
Despite pictures that showed Barack Obama had a larger turnout at his inauguration in 2009 than Donald Trump did at his, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer insisted otherwise.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook explains Apple’s encryption and privacy policies, in a discussion with WSJ’s Editor-in-Chief Gerard Baker at the Wall Street Journal’s technology conference in Laguna Beach, Calif., in October.
When asked about this comment, Conway referred to it as “alternative facts.”
Cook also spoke about the First Amendment, which protects free speech, saying that at the time it was created there were no app developers, modern content creators, and other new forms of speech.
“We know that these freedoms require protection,” Cook said.
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White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway says press secretary gave ‘alternative facts,’ not ‘falsehoods,’ when he accused the media of manipulating photographs of Trump’s inauguration crowd. Courtesy: MSNBC
“Not just the forms of speech that entertain us, but the ones that challenge us. The ones that unnerve and even displease us. They’re the ones that need protection the most. It’s no accident that these freedoms are enshrined and protected in the First Amendment. They are the foundation to so many of our rights.”
Cook also commented on the importance of listening at a time when many people have conflicting opinions
“Free speech isn’t only about speaking, it’s about listening, whether or not we agree. It demands we stay informed,” he said.
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