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Apple CEO Tim Cook criticizes privacy standards of Facebook

Apple CEO Tim Cook criticizes privacy standards of Facebook

Speaking to MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and Recode’s Kara Swisher, Apple CEO Tim Cook provides his stance on Facebook’s standard of privacy, Recode reports. In the interview, due to air next month on MSNBC, Cook provided commentary on Facebook’s data privacy standards as well as the ongoing Cambridge Analytica scandal that the social giant has been dealing with.

“We’ve never believed that these detailed profiles of people, that have incredibly deep personal information that is patched together from several sources, should exist,” he said, and then added that these sort of profiles “can be abused against our democracy. It can be abused by advertisers as well.”

Speaking on terms of regulation, Cook said that having no regulation is best in his opinion since there can be unexpected consequences. “However, I think we’re beyond that,” Cook said. “I do think it’s time that a set of people think deeply about what can be done.” When asked what he would do if he were Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Cook replied, “I wouldn’t be in this situation.”

Cook has been very critical of Facebook and Google previously in regards to their privacy standards. “The truth is, we could make a ton of money if we monetized our customer — if our customer was our product,” Cook said during the interview. “We’ve elected not to do that.”

The interview is set to air at 8PM Eastern on April 6th. Be sure to tune in!

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