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Tim Cook backs China's internet censorship
By Thom Holwerda on 2017-12-05 20:10:47

Reading headlines from the World Internet Conference in China, the casual reader might have come away a little confused. China was opening its doors to the global Internet, some media outlets optimistically declared, while others said Beijing was defending its system of censorship and state control.

And perhaps most confusing of all, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook stood up and celebrated China’s vision of an open Internet.

Say what?

Hardly surprising. This may come as a shock, but with publicly traded companies, you're not the customer; you're the product.

Shareholders are their real customers.

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this could have been a good post
By kristoph on 2017-12-06 13:11:34
Thom,

You ruined this post by throwing out your anti-corporate narrative in a clearly biased, generally uninformed, and factually incorrect manner.

Instead, you could have taken a little more time and made the argument that Apple - in it's pursuit of the Chinese market - places more emphasis on appeasing the Chinese governments sensibilities then it does on espousing individual freedoms.

Cook is towing a fine line by effectively endorsing the Chinese governments agenda by participating ( and also getting lots of props from Chinese nationalist social media ) while not actually verbally endorsing any objectionable policy.

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RE: Not backing it at all
By franksands on 2017-12-06 14:29:03
Where in your article does Cook goes against China's censorship? He said he could not be happier with the iPhone's demand there. He also said that he prefers to participate than to complain from outside.
What action is he taking against censorship?
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RE[2]: No
By Bill Shooter of Bul on 2017-12-06 16:19:24
Absolutely. Power is disproportionately held in the hands of a few, disinclined to make disruptive changes.
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RE[2]: Fundamentally incorrect
By CaptainN- on 2017-12-06 16:20:56
oh it was a joke! Yeah, I didn't read that at all lol. Some times the wink and nod is hard to convey in text
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RE[3]: This is one biased article
By CaptainN- on 2017-12-06 16:24:20
Soviet style communism (which China emulates) isn't really socialist or marxist either - it's more like state capitalism.
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RE[4]: This is one biased article
By Megol on 2017-12-06 16:59:35
> Soviet style communism (which China emulates) isn't really socialist or marxist either - it's more like state capitalism.

China does not have Soviet style communism. The differences are many and fundamental. Calling either state capitalism is wrong or at best meaningless.

And Thom did once more post something obviously false but fitting his biases. One could rightly (IMO) complain about what Tim Cook said _but_ he did't say what is claimed here.
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RE[4]: This is one biased article
By kwan_e on 2017-12-06 21:13:03
> Soviet style communism (which China emulates) isn't really socialist or marxist either - it's more like state capitalism.

What started off as probably an earnest attempt to introduce Marxism inevitably morphed into something else more Chinese than Western. State capitalism goes right back to the Imperial government.

State capitalism isn't a modern Western invention. Chinese imperial governments have always had their fingers in things like mining, steel production, construction (and the requisite corruption to boot) and foreign trade.
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Comment by Licaon_Kter
By Licaon_Kter on 2017-12-06 22:10:56
Funny that Google’s Sundar Pichai (head of Android) was there too... you know, Google, the company that can't have internet services in that country.
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