Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., had harsh words recently for Apple regarding their alleged refusal to allow Chinese protesters fighting against the tyranny of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to utilize AirDrop on their Apple devices.
“There’s reports that Apple is not allowing the protesters to use this AirDrop function where they’re trying to communicate – that obviously is providing aid and comfort to the CCP, and so you see that report and that’s very concerning,” he said.
Gov. DeSantis continued, “And then when you also hear reports where Apple is threatening to remove Twitter from the App Store because Elon Musk is actually opening it up for free speech and is restoring a lot of accounts that were unfairly and illegitimately suspended for putting out accurate information about Covid…”
The governor noted that it would be “a huge, huge mistake” for Apple to remove Twitter from the App Store, saying that “it would be a really raw exercise of monopolistic power that I think would merit a response from the United States Congress.”
His remarks on Apple come amid heated and growing protests in China following the country’s implementation of zero-Covid lockdown policies. Per RSBN, the demonstrations were initially sparked by an apartment fire in Urumqi in the Xinjian province. Chinese families were reportedly locked inside due to Covid policies, where they horrifically burned to death.
Unfortunately, on Tuesday, videos circulating on social media showed Chinese authorities beginning to crack down on citizens’ demonstrations. Chinese tanks were also reportedly spotted moving through Xuzhou and Jiangsu.
“Don’t be a vassal of the CCP 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,” DeSantis said, speaking to Apple’s shadowy relationship with communism abroad and at home.
He also mentioned that he was “glad things were changing at Twitter” and added that there was “a lot of work to do with Big Tech, generally. But this is big progress.”