Tim Cook recently had some strong words aimed at Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The words came in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and Recode’s Kara Swisher while at a Chicago Apple event. The event introduced Apple’s latest iPad made for education but the conversation swung over to Facebook and Zuckerberg. Here’s a portion of what Cook had to say that day:
Such detailed profiles of people, with “incredibly deep personal information that is patched together from several sources” like Facebook has compiled, shouldn’t be allowed to exist, Cook said.
“I think the best regulation is no regulation, is self-regulation,” Cook said. “However, I think we’re beyond that here, and I do think that it’s time for a set of people to think deeply about what can be done here.”
When asked what he would do if he were in Zuckerberg’s position, Cook replied: “What would I do? I wouldn’t be in this situation.”
“The truth is we could make a ton of money if we monetized our customer if our customer was our product,” Cook said. “We’ve elected not to do that.”
“Privacy to us is a human right. It’s a civil liberty, and something that is unique to America. This is like freedom of speech and freedom of the press,” Cook said. “Privacy is right up there with that for us.”
Zuckerberg fired back in an interview with Vox Media’s Ezra Klein calling Cook’s comments “extremely glib.”
“You know, I find that argument, that if you’re not paying, that somehow we can’t care about you to be extremely glib. And not at all aligned with the truth,” Zuckerberg said. “The reality here is that if you want to build a service that helps connect everyone in the world, then there are a lot of people can’t afford to pay.”
“I think it’s important that we don’t all get Stockholm Syndrome and let the companies that work hard to charge you more convince you that they actually care more about you,” he told Klein. “Because that sounds ridiculous to me.”
Last Updated on April 2, 2018.