Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

'We reject the excuse': Apple CEO takes jabs at Google, Facebook

'We reject the excuse': Apple CEO takes jabs at Google, Facebook

The comment echoed Cook's earlier criticism of Facebook, which has endured months of criticism after it was revealed that a political data analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica, was able to harvest data for almost 90 million Facebook users.

Tim Cook shared the news during an interview with Bloomberg Television, during which he also talked about Apple's original content push and his recent meeting with President Donald Trump.

"We reject the excuse that getting the most out of technology means trading away your right to privacy", Cook told the assembled students and teachers. Cook said he showed Trump "some more analytical kinds of things to demonstrate why" free trade might benefit the USA more than protectionism.

Apple Inc chief executive officer (CEO) Tim Cook waded into divisive political topics such as gun control and immigration during a commencement speech while continuing his criticisms of Internet companies over a lack of user privacy. Doing the right thing is baked within the culture of most tech companies here. Ever since Apple itself became the center of attraction in the United States government's efforts to weaken encryption on smartphones and cellular networks, the company has become a poster boy for protecting users' privacy even in the face of extreme pressure.

And while the message could just have easily been contrasted with the way Google collects user data, it is not the first time Cook has made a veiled comment about the Facebook crisis. Apple is not ideal, by any stretch of the imagination, and the company certainly has other issues to contend with as well. "Because we know it belongs to you".

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Delivering the commencement address at the North Carolina college, Cook did not mention Facebook by name but appeared to obliquely reference the social media firm's privacy scandal.

Cook opened by expressing his excitement to be back at Duke.

"I think it's important that we don't all get Stockholm Syndrome and let the companies that work hard to charge you more convince you that they actually care more about you".

"I wouldn't be in this situation", Cook told reporters from Recode and MSNBC in March. "Because that sounds ridiculous to me", he said.

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