THINK CRONY: Apple Wants Washington to “Fix” Facebook (Of course it does. Facebook is a competitor)

Considering that the book ‘1984’ is now banned in China, we’re guessing that this slide didn’t show up in Tim Cook’s PowerPoint presentation in Beijing.


We say this every once in a while but it should be repeated. Regulations, more often than not work to help vested interests, corporations, unions, etc. There is no “business” versus “government.” There is one crony system.

If you are still under the impression that if we just had the right regs, and the right people, government would “work,” it’s time to wake up. That isn’t reality. (But the vested interests would like you to continue believing in the business versus government silliness.) Government, more often than not, works for the connected, not the “public.” Sorry, but it’s true.

(From Reason)

Apple CEO Tim Cook has “doubled down” on his call for increased government regulation of Facebook, Recode reports, teasing an interview with Cook that will air Friday April 6 on MSNBC.

Cook had already publicly called for a government crackdown on Facebook once before, telling an audience in Beijing, according to Bloomberg News, “I think that this certain situation is so dire and has become so large that probably some well-crafted regulation is necessary.”

So Apple’s CEO goes to China, the Ultimate Crony Capitalist State, where censorship is off the charts, where people and ideas are often brutally oppressed, and he calls for a crony system of regulation for online speech? That concerns me. And I like Apple. (For the most part.)

I guess Tim Cook is more “think crony,” than the old Apple motto of “think different.” That is too bad.

As is often the case, the call for regulation is coming from a business competitor. Apple had negotiated agreements with Google, Adobe, and Pixar not to have recruiters cold-call their employees. It is not known to have had any such non-solicitation agreement with Facebook; the companies compete for employee talent.

Facebook’s WhatsApp and Messenger messaging programs compete with Apple’s iMessage instant messaging system. Facebook even reportedly considered developing and selling its own Facebook-branded smartphone, which would have been a direct attack on Apple’s lucrative iphone business.

So throw in with the control freaks Tim? Sell out the spirit of free speech for a pocket full of silver? Way to go.