Jon Stewart Reveals Apple's Request to Exclude FTC Chair Lina Khan from Show

Exploring the impact of tech giants on market freedom.

by Nouman Rasool
Jon Stewart Reveals Apple's Request to Exclude FTC Chair Lina Khan from Show
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In a riveting episode of "The Daily Show," host Jon Stewart shone a light on a concerning interaction with tech behemoth Apple, amidst ongoing scrutiny over the company's dominant position in the tech industry. The backdrop to this revelation is a lawsuit filed last month by the U.S.

Justice Department alongside numerous state attorneys general. They accuse Apple of maintaining an illegal monopoly in the smartphone sector, a move that not only curtails competition but also poses a threat to extend its dominion into various sectors, including entertainment, raising alarms over the broader implications for market diversity and consumer choices.

During a candid discussion on his Apple TV+ comedy series "The Problem With Jon Stewart," Stewart disclosed an unsettling request from Apple. The tech giant had specifically asked him not to feature Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan on a podcast related to the show, expressing their desire to avoid conversations with her.

"They literally said, 'Please don’t talk to her,'" Stewart revealed to Khan during the show, highlighting the lengths to which Apple would go to control the narrative.

Challenging Tech Monopolies

Khan, a vocal critic of monopolistic practices among tech giants, shared her concerns over how such dominance stifles consumer choice.

Her presence on Stewart's platform underscored the pressing need to scrutinize and potentially dismantle the overwhelming control exerted by companies like Apple over technological innovation and market competition. Stewart, known for his incisive commentary, also pointed out Apple's sensitivity to discussions around artificial intelligence.

He referenced a segment from the same episode, which delved into what he termed "the false promise of A.I.," to illustrate the company's apprehension towards open dialogue about technology's impact and its future trajectory.

"Why are they so afraid to even have these conversations out in the public sphere?" Stewart questioned, prompting Khan to reflect on the broader dangers of centralizing too much power within a handful of corporations. This conversation on "The Daily Show" not only emphasizes the ongoing debate over tech monopolies but also the vital importance of fostering an open and diverse discourse on technology's role in society.