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Tim Cook casts corner-office shade on Mark Zuckerberg

01 April 2018

Apple CEO Tim Cook broke from Silicon Valley protocol when he criticized Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook (FB) in unusually blunt terms over its privacy flap. He follows that with: "We've elected not to do that". 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". "It's a civil liberty, and in something that is unique to America, this is like freedom of speech and freedom of the press and privacy is right up there for us".

"I think that this certain situation is so dire and has become so large that probably some well-crafted regulation is necessary", Cook said during a forum in Beijing over the weekend, according to Bloomberg.

"It doesn't mean that you can't use an iPhone to go to your browser and go to some porno site, if you want to do that", he said, prompting host Kara Swisher to interject with, "Nobody does that!" to both Cook and the audience's laughter. We've worked for the music industry to code things explicit, and so a parent could say, "I don't want my child listening to explicit content".

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Several tech companies have voiced their frustrations with Facebook's handling of the recent Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal.

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

The Cambridge Analytica data breach is one of the biggest incidents of its kind, where the data of more than 50 million Facebook accounts was collected and shared.

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We could make a ton of money if we monetized our customers. "I do think that it is time for a set of people to think deeply about what can be done here".

And when Cook was asked what he would do if he were in Zuckerberg's shoes amid all this controversy, Apple's chief executive was incredibly direct.

"At stake is the data security of hundreds of millions of law-abiding people and setting a unsafe precedent that threatens everyone's civil liberties", he continued. Cook feels this sort of data collection is a result of Facebook treating their users as the product instead of the customer.

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"You are not our product", Cook declared.

Tim Cook casts corner-office shade on Mark Zuckerberg