Tim Cook disapproves Facebook's business model

Tim Cook disapproves Facebook's business model

Tim Cook disapproves Facebook's business model

The Apple CEO's criticism of Facebook follows the revelation that a British research firm with links to the Trump campaign, Cambridge Analytica, improperly harvested data from 50 million Facebook users.

As he sat with Hayes and Swisher at Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago, IL, Cook wasn't shy with his words when it came to what he would do in Mark Zuckerberg's position.

Cook said Facebook's detailed personal information on its users should not exist in the first place. "It can be abused by advertisers as well".

"We could make a ton of money if we monetized our customers, if our customers were our product", Cook said in an interview with Recode and MSNBC that is scheduled to air on 6 April.

"This case is about much more than a single phone or a single investigation, so when we received the government's order we knew we had to speak out", Cook said in an email to employees in February 2016.

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"What would I do?" replied Cook. Regulation can have unexpected consequences, right? 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". "I do think that it is time for a set of people to think deeply about what can be done here". Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg doesn't necessarily seem opposed to that idea. Everyone from regular users to Apple's CEO Tim Cook are weighing in on the matter. For example, Firefox developer Mozilla recently released the privacy-oriented "Facebook Container" app shortly after opting to pull their ads from the social media platform.

"The question for us is, [does Facebook] meet the requirements of the App Store and do they meet their policy", Cook answered.

At the annual China Development Forum in Beijing, he said: "I think that this certain situation is so dire and has become so large that probably some well-crafted regulation is necessary". This is not something that we just started last week when we saw something happening.

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. "I wouldn't be in that situation".

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