Late last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook commented on the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal. When asked what he would do if he were Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Cook replied, “I wouldn’t be in this situation.” He later stated, “We could make a ton of money if our customer was our product. We’ve elected not to do that.” Zuckerberg hit back calling the Apple executive’s comments “extremely glib.”
On Friday, Cook was interviewed on MSNBC and said that online ads that follow users around the internet are creepy. He said, “To me, it’s creepy when I look at something and all of a sudden it’s chasing me all the way across the web. I don’t like that.” The CEO also called privacy a “human right,” and said that he is concerned with the way advertisers and others can gain access to personal data.
Cook said during the interview that when Apple repatriates the $300 billion it holds overseas, it will pay $38 billion in taxes. The company will also invest $30 billion in the states during the next five years by building a new campus and creating 30,000 new jobs. Over the next five years, Cook says that with the amount of money that Apple expects to spend, sales taxes paid on purchased Apple products, and taxes on employees’ wages, Apple will contribute $350 billion to the U.S. economy.
The executive also said that he is personally offended by the repeal of DACA and he defended Apple’s curation of the App Store. The executive said, “We curate. We believe that … we don’t want porn on our App Store. .. We want families to be able to feel comfortable there. … We don’t want hate speech on our App Store, right? And we don’t want the ability to recruit terrorists on the App Store.” He says that AI and robots will end up replacing humans in many jobs, and he once again stated that he is a huge fan of AR.
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