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Facebook, Google, Twitter, Woz, Trump, McAfee, Snowden, and more take sides on Apple vs. the FBI

Oscar Raymundo | Feb. 22, 2016
Tech leaders and politicians debate Apple's fight against the FBI in the court of public opinion.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey

Dorsey took to Twitter to share Cook’s letter and express his support for Apple.

Donald Trump

“I agree 100 percent with the courts. In that case, we should open it up,” Trump told “Fox & Friends,” as reported by Politico.

“I think security, overall, we have to open it up and we have to use our heads. We have to use common sense. Somebody the other day called me a common-sense conservative. We have to use common sense.”

Trump’s comments, which were the subject of The Macalope this week, also included a critique of Apple’s stance. “Who do they think they are? They have to open it up.”

Edward Snowden

Snowden posted on Twitter that Apple’s fight against the FBI is “the most important tech case in a decade.” And that it was rather ironic for people to have to rely on a private company like Apple to defend their rights. Snowden is currently living in exile in Russia to avoid facing prosecution in the U.S. for leaking government documents. 

John McAfee

The antivirus software developer wrote an op-ed in Business Insider offering the FBI his help hacking the iPhone in question—because asking Apple to do it would be the equivalent of publishing our nuclear codes, apparently. 

“With all due respect to Tim Cook and Apple, I work with a team of the best hackers on the planet,” McAfee wrote. “I would eat my shoe live on national television if we could not break the encryption on the San Bernardino iPhone. This is a pure and simple fact.”

McAfee then offered to hack into the iPhone—for free!—and claimed that it would take his team exactly three weeks. 

“If you accept my offer, then you will not need to ask Apple to place a back door in its product, which will be the beginning of the end of America,” he added.

WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum

Koum shared Cook’s open letter on Facebook, saying he “couldn’t agree more” with Apple’s stance on privacy and its efforts to protect user data.

“We must not allow this dangerous precedent to be set,” Koum wrote. “Today our freedom and our liberty is at stake.”

Back in December, WhatsApp was banned from Brazil for a day after the Facebook-owned messaging service refused to comply with court orders regarding a criminal case. 


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