Apple's Tim Cook Slams Facebook: Privacy 'Is a Human Right'

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Out Apple CEO Tim Cook had a bit of a Mariah moment when asked about the hot water Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg find themselves in these days over privacy concerns and a scandal that just won't quit.

"We've elected not to do that", Cook explained, according to Recode.

As Facebook continues to get blasted for its privacy snafu and the #DeleteFacebook campaign rages on, Cook insists that Apple will not "traffic your personal life". But at one point he was quoted as calling privacy a human right...a civil liberty.

Echoing remarks he made in Beijing last week, Cook went so far as to advocate regulation of Facebook.

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"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", Cook said. It all traces back to a personality quiz app that was installed by 300,000 Facebook users, and by granting the app permission to access contacts, it was able to amass a much wider collection of data. In 2016, the US Department of Justice had ordered Apple to create a custom firmware that would allow investigators to circumvent the company's security features. I think it's an invasion of privacy. Asked what he would do if he were in Zuckerberg's shoes, Cook responded, "I wouldn't be in this situation".

Speaking in an interview with USA network MSNBC and tech site Recode, the Apple chief executive said that while he believed tech firms should self-regulate, it was too late for Facebook. Lawmakers have also floated tougher rules on the company and two Congressional committees have formally invited the Facebook CEO to testify.

Cook's comments, reported by Recode, were part of a taped interview for MSNBC's Revolution, which will air Friday, April 6. "And we don't subscribe to the view that you have to let everybody in that wants to or if you don't, you don't believe in free speech".

"You are not our product", Cook declared. "I think the question is more, 'What is the right regulation?' rather than 'Yes or no, should we be regulated?'"

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