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Apple CEO Tim Cook Criticizes Facebook's Approach to Privacy

01 April 2018

"If we monetized our customer, if our customer was our product, we could make a ton of money", Cook said. "We've elected not to do that", he continued. In a statement posted on his personal Facebook page, he wrote, "We will learn from this experience to secure our platform further and make our community safer for everyone going forward".

"Privacy to us is a human right", Cook said.

When asked what he would do if he were Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the executive said: "I wouldn't be in this situation".

"I think the best regulation is no regulation, is self-regulation", Cook said to Recode and MSNBC. "However, I think we're beyond that here", he said.

The social network has been rocked in recent weeks following claims from whistleblower Christopher Wylie the data of 50m US-based Facebook users was collected without their knowledge by a third party app, which British consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica then used to create targeted adverts during the 2016 US Presidential election.

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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. China was given the infamous title of the worst abuser of internet freedom for a third year in a row, due to government censorship and restrictions of basic online services and an nearly complete lack of digital privacy.

"Cook also took a swipe at Amazon's Jeffrey P. Bezos when Chris Hayes asked the former Amazon's much-publicized search for a location for its new campus". "I do think that it is time for a set of people to think deeply about what can be done here". Now he has to deal with a #DeleteFacebook campaign that is trending, and is expected to testify before Congress on how something like this could happen in the first place.

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According to Bloomberg, Cook added: "The ability of anyone to know what you've been browsing about for years, who your contacts are, who their contacts are, things you like and dislike, and every intimate detail of your life - from my own point of view, it shouldn't exist".

Apple CEO Tim Cook Criticizes Facebook's Approach to Privacy