Apple CEO sat down with MSNBC's Chris Hayes and Recode's Kara Swisher in the forthcoming special Revolution: Apple Changing the World to talk about many issues including immigration and the beauty pageant search for Amazon's next headquarters, but Facebook's recent troubles with data and privacy took center stage. "I think the best regulation is no regulation, is self-regulation", the exec said in an interview with Recode's Kara Swisher and MSNBC's Chris Hayes. "However, I think we're beyond that here", he said.
"I'm not making fun of it!", replied Cook. "I wouldn't be in that situation".
The social network has been rocked in recent weeks following claims from whistleblower Christopher Wylie the data of 50m US-based Facebook users was collected without their knowledge by a third party app, which British consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica then used to create targeted adverts during the 2016 US Presidential election.
Entry-level HERO camera confirmed by GoPro
It's no secret that GoPro has been struggling, and the introduction of the Hero looks like an effort to right that ship. It is waterproof to 30 feet and is extremely durable and ideally suitable for adventurous social sharers and travelers.
But this isn't the first time Apple has implicitly savaged tech giants.
Except Apple, which is going strong against the current. "The truth is, we could make a ton of money if we monetised our customer. if our customer was our product". 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.
"We've elected not to do that", Cook explained, according to Recode.
LH Easter egg hunt, carnival set for Saturday
Head to the Mullett Ice Center in Hartland for an Easter egg hunt and a family open skate on Saturday, March 31, at 10:00 a.m. Independent creative agency RPM are working again this year with Mondelez on the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt for 2018.
Despite what Cook said directly, and obliquely, about Facebook, the fact remains that Facebook is an app in Apple's App Store. You are not the consumer. He adds, "But you are not our product". But this is long before the public learned about Cambridge Analytica.
Tim Cook at a Fortune event in 2017. "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".
However, Cook appears to have worked out that Apple's target market is not right-wing neo-conservative Christians in the United States bible belt, but young upwardly mobile kids in cities who have more money than sense and know little about technology. "I don't condemn it", Cook said.
HEAVY SNOW: Met Office issues yellow warning for Derbyshire on Easter Monday
Overnight into Sunday it will turn quite cold, with widespread frost expected in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Several cm of snow are possible, especially over hills, with drifting also likely in strong winds.