Apple CEO Tim Cook took a serious jab Wednesday at fellow Silicon Valley bigwig Mark Zuckerberg and his company, Facebook, as large portions of the public and officials across the world are raking both over the coals. "We've elected not to do that". "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". The remarks echoed what he said in China over the weekend, when Cook described Facebook's current predicament as "dire" and suggested "some well-crafted regulation is necessary".
Cook said in no uncertain terms that Facebook could not adequately monitor itself in terms of privacy: "I think the best regulation is no regulation, is self-regulation". "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". I think it's an invasion of privacy.
The incident has sparked criticism over Facebook's data practices.
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. Lawmakers have also floated tougher rules on the company and two Congressional committees have formally invited the Facebook CEO to testify.
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Though the interview of MSNBC is scheduled to air on April 6th, the network has released few clips this week, in which Tim Cook bashed against Facebook.
"I'm not making fun of it!", replied Cook.
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".
However, Cook appears to have worked out that Apple's target market is not right-wing neo-conservative Christians in the U.S. bible belt, but young upwardly mobile kids in cities who have more money than sense and know little about technology.