Published: Sun, April 01, 2018
Finance | By Gustavo Carr

Apple CEO Tim Cook Criticizes Facebook's Approach to Privacy

Apple CEO Tim Cook Criticizes Facebook's Approach to Privacy

Social media network Facebook, which has recently come under fire over its handling of user data, has now been harshly criticized by Apple CEO Tim Cook.

"We could make a ton of money if we monetized our customers, if our customers were our product", Cook said an the interview with Kara Swisher and Chris Hayes. "We've elected not to do that".

Cook reiterated that privacy is a "human right" and a "civil liberty".

Echoing remarks he made in Beijing last week, Cook went so far as to advocate regulation of Facebook. "I wouldn't be in this situation", he said.

However, he also said that self-regulation is the best thing companies could do, stressing how Apple chose to never use or sell the data of their customers. "I do think that it is time for a set of people to think deeply about what can be done here". It all traces back to a personality quiz app that was installed by 300,000 Facebook users, and by granting the app permission to access contacts, it was able to amass a much wider collection of data.

"At stake is the data security of hundreds of millions of law-abiding people and setting a risky precedent that threatens everyone's civil liberties", he continued.

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"Nobody does that", joked Swisher, to which Cook responded: "I'm not making fun of it!"

In an interview about App Store policies, Apple CEO Tim Cook suggested watching adult content on Apple devices is not as bad an idea as the company's late founder Steve Jobs thought. Since, Zuckerberg has been on an apology tour, and is expected to testify before Congress regarding the scandal.

Tim Cook commenting against Facebook is not new, in 2015, Cook stated, "When an online service is free, you're not the customer".

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If you haven't been following the situation, here's a quick recap of events to date: Facebook is in hot water with users and lawmakers after it was discovered that Cambridge Analytica managed to improperly obtain the data of around 50 million Facebook users, and may have shared that information with Donald's Trump 2016 presidential campaign.

"You are not our product", Cook declared.

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