Tim Cook told Trump China tariffs were the wrong policy

Gwen Vasquez
May 16, 2018

He says that Apple doesn't believe that making the most out of technology means trading your right to privacy.

During an interview with "The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations", Cook said that he told Trump that he thought tariffs were the wrong way to deal with China.

Although Apple produces most of its products in China and lists the US and China among its three largest markets, the Cupertino, California-based technology company hasn't been seriously affected by trade tensions so far.

Being the CEO of one of the world's most iconic, and therefore most powerful, tech company has ceased to be just an executive and management position.

In March, it was revealed that data firm Cambridge Analytica had harvested information belonging to almost 90 million Facebook users - prompting global outrage and forcing CEO Mark Zuckerberg to apologize.

Alongside trade discussions, Cook also used the meeting to implore Trump to address the legal status of immigrants brought to the USA as children.

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Facebook, which is inherently lame and should no longer be a part of your daily scrolling habits, is the apparent subject of some recent privacy-related comments from Apple boss Tim Cook.

Apple launched a new privacy section on its website a year ago, in which it boasts about its stance on data protection. Sometime into invoking the name of Steve Jobs, however, the Apple CEO touched on the matter of privacy. It's especially beneficial for Apple and other large USA technology companies that have hundreds of billions of dollars held overseas and are now bringing that money back.

Cook's remarks came during an upcoming televised interview with Bloomberg Television, pieces of which were previewed today. "Be the last people to accept things as they are and the first ones to stand up and change them for the better".

However, it's worth noting that Cook's 50 million users figure doesn't exclusively refer to paying customers. By comparison, rival Spotify recently hit 75 million premium subscribers with almost a decade's head start on Apple Music, with a growth rate that suggests Apple might catch up in 2019 or 2020.

Apple Music's numbers continue to inch up. "We are very interested in the content business". We're not ready to give any details on it yet.

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