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Tim Cook won’t remove NRA channel from Apple TV: It’s ‘important’ to hear ‘alternate view’

"Democracy without discourse is not a democracy," the Apple CEO said

“Democracy without discourse is not a democracy,” the Apple CEO said in a recent interview, and that’s why the National Rifle Association’s channel is staying on Apple TV.

SOBZtgrIjLgJEoc-800x450-noPadFollowing the Parkland School shooting, gun control advocates called for a boycott of companies that stream NRA TV, NRA’s free television channel. Currently, NRA TV can be streamed on Apple TV, Amazon, Roku, SiriusXM, iHeartRadio, YouTube, iTunes and Google Chromecasts.

Tim Cook told Recode’s Kara Swisher and MSNBC’s Chris Ayes that it is a necessity to protect freedom of speech. “Democracy without discourse is not a democracy,” the Apple CEO said. Cook admitted to disliking the NRA’s “tactics” and “positions” – “Some of the things they’ve said are unbelievably distasteful,” he said – but stressed the importance of representing the NRA “point of view,” as well as the “alternate point of view,” on the Apple streaming service.

If that point of view veers “into the path of hate speech,” it’s another story, he said. “Then we’re cutting it off.”

Petition to Remove NRATV

There is a petition being conducted at change.org to remove the pro-gun group’s channel from AppleTV. At this moment, close to 18000 people have signed the petition which states, “When you partner with an organization like the NRA and even promote their propaganda, some of the blood on their hands rubs off on you. We call on you to stop carrying NRA TV on your service.”

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