Published: Fri, March 30, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Apple CEO takes aim at Facebook over privacy

Apple CEO takes aim at Facebook over privacy

Apple CEO Tim Cook criticized Facebook as the social media site continues to make headlines in light of data-privacy concerns raised by the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

He goes on to admit that Apple could "make a ton of money if we monetized our customer". "We've elected not to do that", he continued. We're not going to traffic in your personal life...

Said Cook: "What would I do?"

"This is not something that we just started last week when we saw something happening", Cook said. "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".

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.

Cook continues to ask for regulation that would limit tech companies' data collection practices. Shares in Facebook plummeted more than 17pc from the close on 16 March to 20 March. (Atlanta is already prepping its "Jeff Bezos Parkway, in honor of Amazon's founder and CEO, as Business Insider recently pointed out.) Apple wouldn't pull a similar stunt, said Cook".

In a letter to United Kingdom parliamentary committee chair Damian Collins, Facebook's head of public policy, Rebecca Stimson said: "Facebook fully recognises the level of public and parliamentary interest in these issues and support your belief that these issues must be addressed at the most senior levels of the company by those in an authoritative position to answer your questions".

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.

On Friday, another Silicon Valley CEO, Elon Musk, deleted the Facebook pages of two of his companies, Tesla and SpaceX.

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