Apple CEO Slams Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg, 'Wouldn't Be In His Situation'

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When asked about the Cambridge Analytica data breach, in which the data analysis firm allegedly stole information on more than 50 million users to aid the Trump campaign with ads for the 2016 US presidential race, Cook suggested that "I wouldn't be in this situation".

Cook recently said there should be increased regulation of social media and called privacy a "human right" and "a civil liberty".

You can read the full transcript and listen to the interview on Vox's podcast The Ezra Klein Show. "I think to the contrary".

Apple makes most of its profits from selling smartphones, tablets and other computers, as well as associated services such as online storage and its various media stores. When Apple's CEO was asked what he would do if he were Zuckerberg, Cook said, "I wouldn't be in this situation". "I wish I could solve all these issues in three months or six months, but I just think the reality is that solving some of these questions is just going to take a longer period of time".

If taken at face value, Zuckerberg's claim that users share information because they trust Facebook to protect it could spell trouble for the company now that that trust has been rocked by scandal.

"I think it's just a case where because we didn't invest enough, I think we will dig through this hole, but it will take a few years", Zuckerberg said.

Zuckerberg said that Facebook remains free to use because it's focused on connecting people, and many people can't afford to pay, therefore, "having an advertising-supported model is the only rational model that can support building this service to reach people". Facebook may have grand plans for connecting the world in some sort of online harmony, but the Cambridge Analytica scandal (among others) proves that as good-natured as that plan may be, it is also risky.

Mr Zuckerberg also defended his leadership by invoking Amazon's chief executive.

"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", he said.

"If what you're doing is sensitive to people's information at all, then of course there are a bunch of checkpoints that you need to do before doing that", the wunderkind told Stephen Dubner during a Freakonomics interview published Sunday. "And hopefully, by the end of this year, we'll have really started to turn the corner on some of these issues", Zuckerberg said.

Mr Zuckerberg also responded to recent criticism from a United Nations probe into allegations of genocide against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

"But this is certainly something that we're paying a lot of attention to".

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