Apple commits to freedom of information and expression in human rights policy

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Apple said that it had been committed to freedom of information and expression in a document it’s printed on its people rights policy – a movement that follows increased pressure from shareholders.

The US tech giant has come under fire for eliminating virtual network apps from the App shop in China and at its February annual general assembly a shareholder proposal called on Apple to publicly commit “to respect freedom of expression as a human right”.

While it was defeated, it gained 40.6% of votes cast – more than similar movements put forward enough and previously to drive the company to respond, experts said.

“We believe in the critical importance of an open society in which information flows freely, and we’re convinced the best way we can continue to promote openness is to remain engaged, even where we may disagree with a country’s laws,” Apple countries in the policy document.

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It said its policy was based on the United Nations’ guiding principles on business and human rights.

Human rights activists also have called on Apple to reduce ties with providers alleged to use the forced labour of tens of thousands of ethnic Uighurs in Chinese factories also it has faced much criticism for removing an app that aided Hong Kong protesters track police movements.

Apple Inc contended that the program was being used to target individual police officers and to victimise individuals and property, violating Hong Kong law.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Aakriti Bhalla in Bengaluru. Editing by Edwina Gibbs.

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