Apple CEO Tim Cook Dunks on Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg: ‘I Wouldn’t Be In This Situation’


Apple CEO Tim Cook took a shot at Facebook’s embattled chief Mark Zuckerberg in an interview with Record and MSNBC Wednesday night, rebuking the social platform’s collection of user data.

Facebook has come under fire in recent weeks after it was revealed Cambridge Analytica, a data firm employed by the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, illicitly obtained the data of 50 million users. Since, Zuckerberg has been on an apology tour, and is expected to testify before Congress regarding the scandal.

“We could make a ton of money if we monetized our customers, if our customers were our product,” Cook said an the interview with Kara Swisher and Chris Hayes. “We’ve elected not to do that.”

“I think it’s an invasion of privacy. Privacy to us is a human right,” 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. And so, we’ve always done this.”

Cook, who has long warned that Facebook’s business model relied on harvesting data from its users — while boasting that Apple’s profits off of a product — added that Facebook might be “beyond” the point of self-regulation.

“I think the best regulation is no regulation, is self-regulation,” he said. “However, I think we’re beyond that here.”

When asked what he would do if he were Zuck, Cook replied: “What would I do? I wouldn’t be in this situation.”

Revolution: Apple Changing the World is set to air April 6, at 8 p.m. EST on MSNBC.

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