Apple’s threat to ban Twitter from the iPhone app store subjects Americans to the same type of thuggish tactics that the Chinese Communist Party is employing in their country.
The Chinese Communist Party is cracking down on civil liberties. As the headlines below show, an integral part of the Communist Party’s crackdown on individual rights centers on banning Twitter and social media apps to prevent individuals from communicating with each other.
“China protesters claim the CCP has threatened to remove the Twitter app.”
“Beijing Police Checking People’s Phones For Social Media Apps Amid Mass Protests: Report”
Depriving the populace of the ability to communicate electronically severely limits free speech. Only an authoritarian, totalitarian government would do that, right?
But in fact, only one of the headlines above pertains to China. Can you guess which one? The real headline is the first case is “Elon Musk claims Apple has threatened to remove the Twitter app.” I just changed the subject to “China protestors” and the object to “the CCP”.
The second headline pertains to one of the most oppressive regimes on the planet. The other to the treatment of U.S. citizens by big tech.
In substance, there is no difference between the repressive action of the Chinese Government and the treatment of the American public by Apple.
In China, police are checking the phones of people at random to see if they have social media apps like Twitter or Telegram which protestors are using to coordinate their activities. The effect is to scare people into removing these apps from their phones.
William Yang of Deutche Weil reports (using Twitter—which Apple wants to crush):
“In #Beijing, police has reportedly been checking passersby’s phones, and if they found Twitter, Telegram on the phones, they would write down personal information of the person and give them warning. If they face resistance, police would say they could report the person.”
In the United States, Apple is threatening to prevent Americans from getting access to Twitter in the first place.
The actions of Apple show that the threats to free speech and liberty is not limited to governments. Big corporations are just as big a threat if not more. Who needs the security state to oppress the population when big tech will gladly do it for free?
Indeed, Apple appears to be working hand in glove with the Chinese Communist Party. As Zero Hedge reports, Apple has turned off other communication tools on iPhones in China, and only China, to thwart dissent.
I encourage GOUSA readers and members to send a message to Apple CEO Tim Clark and the other big tech oligarchs by boycotting Apple products this Christmas and beyond. I certainly will.