Apple CEO Tim Cook accepted the Anti-Defamation League's Courage Against Hate Award in New York for his leadership focused on unity, diversity, and social change. His acceptance at the Never Is Now Annual Summit on Anti-Semitism and Hate included a call to those who live hate, "... we only have one message for those who seek to push hate, division, and violence: You have no place on our platforms... You have no home here."
Cook raised the bar for other technology companies with policies and practices that led to the removal of podcasts from notorious conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and the entire InfoWars library from iTunes. The company disabled Apple Pay support on websites selling white nationalist and hate group apparel and accessories.
Cook spoke about hope concerning the future of tech companies and their roles in fighting hate, saying, "we believe the future should belong to those who use technology to build a better, more inclusive, and more hopeful world," Cook said. "I believe the most sacred thing that each of us is given is judgment, our morality, and our own innate desire to separate right from wrong."
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