Apple's Tim Cook Slams Facebook: Privacy 'Is a Human Right'

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Social media network Facebook, which has recently come under fire over its handling of user data, has now been harshly criticized by Apple CEO Tim Cook.

However, he also said that self-regulation is the best thing companies could do, stressing how Apple chose to never use or sell the data of their customers.

Speaking about Apple's business practices, Cook said, "The truth is we could make a ton of money if we monetized our customer, if our customer was our product".

"We care about the user experience".

"I think it's their decision".

"Privacy to us is a human right". It's a civil liberty, and something that is unique to America.

In 2014 when Facebook was the golden child of the tech industry, Apple in an open letter to its customers had said, "When an online service is free".

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Cook also said that even though "the best regulation is no regulation, is self-regulation", he thinks Facebook has moved beyond that point. "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".

Cook's remarks sound significantly more liberal than those of Apple's former CEO, Jobs, who repeatedly made his hostility to pornography clear.

"What would do [if I were Zuckerberg]?"

When asked what he would do if he were Zuck, Cook replied: "What would I do?" Facebook has been caught in a medial maelstrom over its lax approach to data sharing; specifically over the Cambridge Analytica issue, through which it was recently revealed that Facebook users' data was being used by the firm with the intent to influence the 2016 United States election. Apple has policies of what is and isn't allowed there, and so Hayes and Swisher pressed him on whether Facebook's privacy issues might lead Apple to do something with that power.

In an interview with CNN's Laurie Segall, Zuckerberg responded to a question about outside regulation in an unexpected way: "I actually am not sure we shouldn't be regulated".

You're the product." Zuckerburg had mocked Cook's ridiculous concept by saying, " What, you think because you're paying Apple that you're somehow in alignment with them? This is like freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

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