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Apple CEO Tim Cook Rips Facebook: 'Privacy Is a Human Right'

Apple CEO Tim Cook Rips Facebook: 'Privacy Is a Human Right'

"We've elected not to do that", he continued. "We want kids to go to the store, right?"

Cook added: "Privacy to us is a human right". The remarks echoed what he said in China over the weekend, when Cook described Facebook's current predicament as "dire" and suggested "some well-crafted regulation is necessary".

"It doesn't mean that you can't use an iPhone to go to your browser and go to some porno site, if you want to do that", he said, prompting host Kara Swisher to interject with, "Nobody does that!" to both Cook and the audience's laughter. "However, I think we're beyond that here", he said.

We could make a ton of money if we monetized our customers. The tech titan could have made a lot more money if it had opted to sell customers' information, but Cook said it would be inconsistent with the company's ideals.

"At stake is the data security of hundreds of millions of law-abiding people and setting a risky precedent that threatens everyone's civil liberties", he continued. 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. Lawmakers have also floated tougher rules on the company and two Congressional committees have formally invited the Facebook CEO to testify.




The Apple CEO said he believes the government should step in and set rules for Facebook.

Cook's comments, reported by Recode, were part of a taped interview for MSNBC's Revolution, which will air Friday, April 6.

In an interview to Recode/MSNBC, Tim Cook was asked what would he do if he was in Mark Zuckerberg's shoes and he responded: "I wouldn't be in this situation".

You're the product." Zuckerburg had mocked Cook's ridiculous concept by saying, " What, you think because you're paying Apple that you're somehow in alignment with them?

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.