Apple’s CEO Tim Cook being shot multiple times by police because they mistook his iPhone for a gun is satirical news. There is no truth to a report that Cook was shot during a press event for the upcoming iPhone 11 when the police securing the event mistook the iPhone for a gun.
Where did this satirical news originate? The Onion published the satirical news article on March 29, 2018, reporting that the police mistakenly shot at Apple’s CEO when they believed that Cook was holding a gun when in fact he held an iPhone. You can read the satirical news below.
CUPERTINO, CA–Explaining that they took immediate action against what they perceived to be a threat, local police officers repeatedly shot Apple CEO Tim Cook after mistaking an iPhone he was holding for a gun, sources confirmed Thursday. “Law enforcement saw the suspect reach into his pocket and take out what looked like a firearm, and, believing their lives to be in danger, acted quickly to neutralize the assailant,” said a spokesman for the Cupertino Sheriff’s Office after an officer shot the CEO 18 times in under a minute at a press event for the upcoming iPhone 11.
The report, of course, is entirely fabricated. The Onion is known for publishing hoaxes and satire articles, which often end up attracting the attention of thousands of people on social media. The website explains on their “About” page that stories are completely satirical:
The First Amendment protects satire as a form of free speech and expression. The Onion uses invented names in all of its stories, except in cases where public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.
Here are some examples of people sharing the satirical news on social media.
a sad day indeed https://t.co/uvBcaEvuJt
— Lucas Bernard (@LucasPBernard) March 29, 2018
— Secular Humanism FTW (@GshmFTW) March 29, 2018
— Wayne de Villiers (@WayneDV) March 29, 2018
Rather, the Onion’s story is riffing on an actual real-life tragedy. Stephon Clark, 22, was fatally shot by officers investigating a vandalism complaint in his south Sacramento neighborhood. What soon followed was another round of protests. Authorities are still investigating the police shooting of Clark. The shooting has sparked widespread protests in California and New York and responses from Black Lives Matter, the NAACP and the Sacramento Kings basketball team.
Cook was seen recently at a Chicago town hall event with MSNBC and the technology news website Recode, where he was asked what he would do if had Mark Zuckerberg’s problem. Cook said Facebook and other social media companies should have restrained themselves from building “detailed profiles of people” and that, having failed to do so, the government would likely need to do it for them.
What did you think of the satirical news that Cook was shot multiple times by police during a press event for the upcoming iPhone 11 because they mistook the phone for a gun? Did you believe the satirical news or see people sharing it falsely on social media? Let us know in the comments section.
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Author: Shawn Rice