Apple CEO Cook: Facebook should have self-regulated, but it’s too late for that now

“Apple CEO Tim Cook has doubled down on his call for regulation that would limit Facebook and others companies’ ability to use customer data,” Peter Kafka reports for Recode.

“Speaking to Recode’s Kara Swisher and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Cook said he’d prefer that Facebook and others would have curbed their use of personal data to build ‘these detailed profiles of people… patched together from several sources,'” Kafka reports. “‘I think the best regulation is no regulation, is self-regulation,’ he said. ‘However, I think we’re beyond that here.'”

“Cook made that point again today: ‘The truth is, we could make a ton of money if we monetized our customer — if our customer was our product. We’ve elected not to do that,'” Kafka reports. “Swisher posed a question for Cook: What would he do if he were Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg? His answer: ‘I wouldn’t be in this situation.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: Yup.

Ask yourself who is paying for Facebook. Usually the people who are paying are the customers. Advertisers are the ones who are paying. If you don’t know who the customer of the product you are using is, you don’t know what the product is for. We are not the customers of Facebook, we are the product. Facebook is selling us to advertisers. — Douglas Rushkoff, September 18, 2011

Two monopolies, at least, have become too powerful: Facebook and Google. The U.S. has remedies available to it. The country just needs to find the backbone to utilize them.MacDailyNews, March 23, 2018

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  1. Facebook is just pretending to be sorry because it might hit them in the wallet.

    As we speak they are funding opposition to an initiative to protect your privacy in California.

    Facebook makes money by stalking you and then using the data to sell ads. These days they even stalk people who have not signed up for the service.

    Facebook has no redeeming value to society. You can get the services they provide elsewhere.

    1. Facebook achilles heel is they include suspended accounts as eyeballs count, that’s why is is so hard to remove, after 7 years of disable I could simply log in and repeat the process

  2. Remember when they released a Facebook phone running Android? I almost fell back in my chair at the stupidity. Was happy to see it failed and couldn’t believe they had the balls to release a phone completely driven by snooping on you.

  3. Screw Cook. He’s ruined Apple and influenced businesses with his proselytizing his own proclivities and politics over the company and his customers.

    Yeah, he’s made the a ton of money, but software is fading fast and hardware is seriously more incremental than ever….

    Screw. Cook. He has no room to talk about the failures of others.

  4. Apple should’ve self-regulated too and wait to get sued for slowing down devices. Also, before Tim Cook gets so high & mighty, he might want to take a look at his laptop line of overpriced, hardly any connectivity, lousy keyboard MacBooks.

    1. Apple isn’t a monopoly. And despite occasional stuff ups, they are pretty good at thinking of the customer. Like when my laptop’s video card stuffed up twice they said it’s our policy to give you a new laptop after 2 failures. So I got a laptop about 3 years newer and better for nothing.

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