Social network giant Facebook and the tech giant Apple are not necessarily rivals, but they have one thing in common: they deal with gigantic volumes of user information. But in the words of Tim Cook, the tech giant Apple treats this data more responsibly.
The tech giant Apple’s boss recently gave an interview to MSNBC and when asked what he would do if he was in Zuckerberg’s place, he explained that his company would never be in such an uncomfortable position. The explanation given by him is that the tech giant Apple does not exploit the data of its users to increase revenues, although it has the technology to do so.
“The truth is that we could make a lot of money if we monetized our customer’s data – ‘if our customer was our product’. We chose not to do so,” said Cook, who further stated that the tech giant Apple treats privacy as a fundamental right of people.
In an interview with Vox’s podcast, when asked if the business of monetizing the user’s attention is that it has been causing problems, as Tim Cook has hinted, Mark Zuckerberg replied: “I find this argument that if you are not paying to use the service somehow we can not care about you is extremely simplistic.” He said that advertising is the only model that allows creating a service that connects everyone, including those who can not afford it.
In the same interview, Zuckerberg acknowledged that it may take time to fix Facebook. That was the New Year’s resolution he made, but the Cambridge Analytica scandal is proving so overwhelming that changes are even needed, whether promises or not. “I would like to solve all the problems in three or six months, but I think the reality is that dealing with some of these issues will take more time.”