Apple claims to defend human rights, yet thousands of apps are selectively made unavailable in App Stores around the world. Examples include Bloomberg: Business News, Pinterest: Lifestyle Ideas, and Reddit, which are all censored by Apple in China.
American tech companies have become leading champions of free expression. But that commitment should not end at our borders. Global leaders in innovation, like Apple, have both an opportunity and a moral obligation to promote free expression and other basic human rights in countries that routinely deny these rights.
Senator Patrick Leahy
First we defend, we work to defend these freedoms by enabling people around the world to speak up. And second, we do it by speaking up ourselves. Because companies can, and should have values. At Apple we are not just enabling others to speak up, we are doing so ourselves.
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc.