'We need a new phone company': Apple slammed after Tucker Carlson attacks tech giant's 'loyalty to China'
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: Social media users are slamming Apple after Tucker Carlson attacked the company's alleged "loyalty to China." In his latest coverage, Tucker Carlson took aim at the technology giant saying, “Apple is in no sense American. Apple’s loyalty is to the government of China.” To prove his statement, Carlson pointed out that Apple recently played a major role in stopping the protests against the Chinese Communist Party. He said, “Earlier this month, Apple did the bidding of the Chinese government to crush domestic protests against the Communist Party there. Apple did this by disabling its permanent AirDrop feature in China and so far, only in China. It's the only country in which it's disabled.”
“Why did Apple disable that feature in China? Well, because that feature, permanent AirDrop, allows iPhone users to communicate directly with one another without using the internet or cellular networks — both of which in a totalitarian state like China, are controlled by the government and that means that without permanent AirDrop, it's effectively impossible for freedom-minded citizens to organize with one another. They're powerless,” Carlson added.
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TUCKER CARLSON: “Apple is in no sense American. Apple’s loyalty is to the government of China.” pic.twitter.com/Lhz76h2Cli— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 30, 2022
Apple received considerable backlash on Twitter following Carlson's outburst. One person tweeted, “So sad! So unacceptable!” “Death to @Apple yes I’m using a f***ing iPhone you think an android makes a difference we need a new phone company America needs Elon's future phone on the market yesterday 💯” another added. Someone else wrote, “Agree with all this, but we have similar issues with many companies bending the knee, not just Apple. That said we also have our own domestic totalitarian censorship issues to deal with. We do nearly all the same things that we accuse China of.” “Apple is disgusting…” another user remarked.
So sad! So unacceptable! https://t.co/7173kWJqna— Nancy Newsome (@NancyNewsome70) November 30, 2022
Apple is disgusting... https://t.co/UzbabKeaMe— Master P🇿🇦🇿🇦 (@JesustruthP) November 30, 2022
Agree with all this, but we have the similar issues with many companies bending the knee, not just Apple.— .:.•.°.•.:.°•j○e•°.:.•.°.•.:. (@a01744) November 30, 2022
That said we also have our own domestic totalitarian censorship issues to deal with.
We do nearly all the same things that we accuse China of. https://t.co/QMQ5WA9mfp
Death to @Apple yes I’m using a fucking iPhone you think an android makes a difference we need a new phone company America needs Elons future phone on the market yesterday 💯 https://t.co/8DjDjkgljH— Edgar Santana (@TheRealEdgarSan) November 30, 2022
Meanwhile, protests have erupted across China in recent weeks against the country's zero-COVID policy. Protests started last week in Zhengzhou at a Chinese iPhone plant. At the Foxconn flagship factory, hundreds of workers participated in the protests, with some men breaking windows and security cameras. On Tuesday, November 29, according to Fox News, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis also blasted Apple for purportedly threatening to ban Twitter from its App Store while supposedly blocking Chinese protesters from using its AirDrop feature entirely.
DeSantis said, "That would be a huge, huge mistake, and it would be a really raw exercise of monopolistic power that I think would merit a response from the United States Congress. Don’t be a vassal of the [Chinese Communist Party] on one hand and then use your corporate power in the United States on the other to suffocate Americans and try to suppress their right to express themselves. This zero-COVID policy is draconian, it violates people’s liberties, and it is completely unscientific. And the people of China are right to be able to speak out and protest against what the Chinese Communist Party is doing. We need these draconian COVID policies to go to the ash heap of history where they belong."
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