Apple CEO Tim Cook opened the company’s major software launch event WWDC Monday with a moment of silence for the 49 victims killed in a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.
With a tearful reaction, Cook called Sunday’s shooting a “senseless and unconscionable act of terror and hate.”
“The Apple community is made up of people from all around the world,” he added. “We celebrate our diversity. We know that it makes us stronger, and moves everyone forward.”
Cook, who is one of the only openly gay CEOs of a Fortune 500 company, has been noted for his activism regarding issues of diversity, marriage equality, and government surveillance .
The outspoken CEO has most recently took on the FBI after the agency filed a court order to compel Apple to bypass the security features of an iPhone that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters.
In an interview with Time magazine, Cook said, “We felt like it trampled on civil liberties, not only for our customers but in the broader sense. It felt like different points in history, almost, in the U.S., where the government overreached for whatever reason. And we were dead set in the path of it. So we knew it was wrong. It was wrong on so many levels.
Apple CEO Tim Cook Honors Orlando Shooting Victims
pple CEO Tim Cook began the Worldwide Developers Conference with a moment of silence to honor the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting. Cook called the event a “senseless, unconscionable act of terrorism and hate.” He appeared visibly emotional and his voice was choked throughout his speech. Cook said, At Apple, we celebrate our diversity. We know that it makes us stronger and moves everyone