Tim Cook says Facebook needs to be regulated

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During an interview with MSNBC and Recode, Cook slammed the social media giant for profiting from its users' data, saying privacy is "a human right" and "a civil liberty".

Asked what he would do if he was Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook said Wednesday: "I wouldn't be in this situation".

Facebook recently suspended Cambridge Analytica after it learned the firm violated terms of their agreement and failed to remediate the situation.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has come under fire for not protecting user data. "I think the best regulation is no regulation, is self-regulation", he said, according to NBC News.

"This case is about much more than a single phone or a single investigation, so when we received the government's order we knew we had to speak out", Cook said in an email to employees in February 2016.

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Facebook, data, and privacy have been the topic of discussion all over the internet as well as out.

"I think it's an invasion of privacy".

The data breach has prompted companies and business leaders to take a second look at how and what they do with the user data that they have access to. "We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can't then we don't deserve to serve you", he said. "We've elected not to do that", he continued.

In an interview with CNN's Laurie Segall, Zuckerberg responded to a question about outside regulation in an unexpected way: "I actually am not sure we shouldn't be regulated". The message reads: "Apple believes privacy is a fundamental human right, so every Apple product is created to minimize the collection and use of your data, use on-device processing whenever possible, and provide transparency and control over your information". Though the social network's policies have changed in the time since, Cambridge Analytica was able to collect information on 50 million profiles, though only 270,000 people opted into the company's service.

As Facebook continues to get blasted for its privacy snafu and the #DeleteFacebook campaign rages on, Cook insists that Apple will not "traffic your personal life". We're like the guy in the corner store.