WASHINGTON, DC, December 1, 2022–Twitter’s CEO Elon Musk had meeting with Apple’s CEO Tim Cook. Musk said on Twitter “Good conversation. Among other things, we resolved the misunderstanding about Twitter potentially being removed from the App Store. Tim was clear that Apple never considered doing so.”
Last week, Musk was clear about Apple’s and Google’s intent to remove the social media from their platforms.
Apple and Google threats towards Twitter’s freedom of speech social platform, is a counter-trend that has “emerged as a resistance to democracy programs, especially those that seek to empower civil society; promote free media; and strengthen democratic political parties, institutions, and processes.”
“This new suppression of freedom of speech and democracy of the big tech companies phenomenon needs to be distinguished from the conventional resistance to democracy that is a central feature of such longstanding dictatorships as China, Russia, Cuba, Burma, North Korea, and Syria. These countries have never permitted democracy or freedom assistance and deal harshly as a matter of course with any sign of internal opposition,” wrote in the Carl Gershman, and Michael Allen.
“It’s way past time that America puts the promotion of freedom at the center of its foreign policy. We will not be safe as long as dictators, like those in China and Russia, rule,” said Gordon G. Chang, author of The Coming Collapse of China and The Great U.S.-China Tech War on Twitter.
Apple”s Intent To Pulled Twitter Of Platform, New Threats Of Freedom
The immediate trigger for the protest wave in China was the deadly Urumqi fire, which led to public outrage that lockdown measures prevented emergency responders from getting to the victims.
However, a deeper cause for this unrest is that the protesters are responding to a broken social contract between the Chinese Communist Party and the people. This is a contract that guarantees people’s livelihoods, freedom and democracy — basic food, housing, and security — in exchange for their consent to be ruled.
Protestors are showing blank pieces of paper as a synbol against China’s government censorship and a reminder that China has shutdown freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
“Police in China beat a female journalist “for doing her job,” covering the freedom and democracy protest.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said “Everyone in China should be allowed to protest. We will continue to ensure that China knows we will stand for human rights and with people who are expressing themselves.”…
Freedom and democracy are denied to the people in China during fires and other emergencies. “Families in a hi-rise in China were locked into their apartments as their building caught fire. Urumqi, in Xinjiang Province They burned alive as they couldn’t escape and no one could get to them in time.”
The Xi’s regime has locked citizens inside of their homes–preventing first respoders from rescuing their familes during the fire.
American citizens are affraid that Apple’s CEO Cook will “force the governent to shut down Twitter.”
“The precondition for the acceptance of democracy promotion as a normative practice within the international system is the existence of a broad, if not universal, consensus about the definition of democracy promotion and the means by which it is carried out” on the Twitter’s social media platform.