“We looked at the incitement to violence that was on there,” Cook told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”
“We don’t consider that free speech and incitement to violence has an intersection.”
But Cook disputed that it’s Apple’s job to host every service, regardless of its content. He noted that Apple has terms of service for the 2 million apps its hosts, and apps that refuse to play by the rules aren’t allowed to access Apple’s massive audience.
“We obviously don’t control what’s on the internet, but we’ve never viewed that our platform should be a simple replication of what’s on the internet,” Cook said.
Apple will welcome back Parler — provided Parler finds a new cloud provider to host the social network — if the app effectively moderates users’ speech, said the Apple CEO.
“We’ve only suspended them,” Cook noted. “If they get their moderation together they would be back on there.”
Still, Cook argued Sunday that running a tech company is about more than making big bucks. He said Sunday that he believes Apple’s mission should be to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. The company and its employees are always trying to do the right thing — a mission that motivates him to come to work each morning.
That helped influence his decision about Parler — particularly in the wake of the Capitol siege.
“It was one of the saddest moments of my life — seeing an attack on our Capitol and an attack on our democracy,” Cook said. “I felt like I was in some sort of alternate reality, to be honest with you. This could not be happening.”