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Apple CEO Tim Cook Criticizes Facebook's Approach to Privacy


Apple CEO Tim Cook has doubled down on his call for regulation that would limit Facebook and others companies' ability to use customer data.

"We could make a ton of money if we monetized our customers, if our customers were our product", Cook told MSNBC and Recode in an interview set to air April 6. "We've elected not to do that". (Ping, a failed social network tied to iTunes, was a product of the Steve Jobs era, after all.) And Apple has championed user privacy to an extreme degree, notably warring with the Federal Bureau of Investigation over a locked iPhone connected to a terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has criticized Facebook's business model saying that the company should have regulated itself long back but it's too late for that now. "I wouldn't be in this situation", said Cook.

Said Cook: "We don't subscribe to the view that you have to let everyone in that wants to or if you don't, you don't believe in free speech..." Privacy to us is a human right.

In 2014, Facebook allowed a third-party application to access the data of users and their friends, even though the friends never consented to having their information exposed to the app. Thanks to the crisis at Facebook, shares of Google, Twitter, Amazon, Netflix and Tesla (for reasons all of its own) have all dropped in the past week.

Swisher posed a question for Cook: What would he do if he were Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg? "I think the best regulation is no regulation, is self regulation", he said.

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"I'm not making fun of it!", replied Cook.

The reason, according to the 57-year-old exec, is because Apple's business is fundamentally different from the ad-driven juggernaut built by the social network.

Founder Hugh Hefner's son Cooper tweeted: "Learning of the recent meddling in a free USA election further demonstrates another concern we have of how they handle users' data - more than 25 million of which are Playboy fans - making it clear to us that we must leave the platform".

Facebook has been embroiled in a scandal since it became public earlier this month that the political data firm Cambridge Analytica, which has ties to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, stole data from 50 million users by abusing Facebook's tools.

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