The Most Vocal Silicon Valley Reactions To Apple Standing Up To The Feds

02.21.16 2 years ago

On one side stands Apple CEO Tim Cook.

On the other, the FBI.

The issues are privacy and national security. And the fight seems to be just getting started.

To sum up, the FBI wants Apple to create a new, specialized operating system so as to force load it onto the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers. By doing so, they say, additional information that will aid in preventing future attacks will be made available and that this tactic will only be used for on this one, specific device. Cook disagrees. By creating this “backdoor,” he says it will be available for use by everyone, “good guys and bad guys.”

Both sides offer compelling arguments, with those who advocate for privacy standing behind Apple in a case that could eventually reach as high as the Supreme Court. And many of the biggest names from Silicon Valley are following suit, from Mozilla to Google to WhatsApp, whose founder, Jan Koum, said on Facebook, “Today, our freedom and our liberty is at stake.” On the opposite side of the argument, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson stands with the feds. And Samsung, the chief rival to Apple in the smartphone business, has yet to comment on the issue.

Outside the argument itself, we’ve also heard how someone toyed with the Apple ID on the phone in question, and Donald Trump called for a boycott like a hypocrite. Take a look at the video above to learn more. Which side are you on?

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