Apple boss warned Trump against China tariffs in White House meeting

Apple boss warned Trump against China tariffs in White House meeting

While Facebook does "pay a lot of money, so does Apple". At times, it also takes a political tone.

Apple's push into subscription services is continuing at a brisk pace, as CEO Tim Cook has confirmed that the Apple Music service has surpassed 50 million subscribers as the company prepares to launch a video service.

Sound familiar? For the second time in roughly a month, Cook forcefully took Facebook (ticker: FB) to task for its handling of its members' personal information, cementing a narrative pushed by Apple (AAPL) that juxtaposes its strict privacy approach - and by extension, its business model - with Facebook and other ad-dependent companies that aggressively monetize data.

In an interview on Bloomberg Television, Cook said his message to Trump focused on the importance of trade and how cooperation between two countries can boost the economy more than nations acting alone. "So we choose a different path: Collecting as little of your data as possible".

"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".

Cook met with President Trump in the Oval Office on April 28, and until now it has been unknown exactly what the two men talked about, though the White House press secretary did previously confirm the "primary focus and objective of the meeting is to discuss trade".


Previously, Cook has spoken more directly on Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal.

"I wouldn't be in this situation", Cook told reporters from Recode and MSNBC in March.

"But I felt that tariffs were not the right approach there, and I showed him some more analytical kinds of things to demonstrate why".

Apple launched a new privacy section on its website a year ago, in which it boasts about its stance on data protection.

For the most part, Cook has been one of the most vocal members of the tech community with regards to calling for the protection of privacy rights, CNBC notes.

Apple has less need for data after closing its advertising division, iAd, in 2016; and iOS apps are subject to much stricter terms than Android equivalents about what information they can collect. The file was only 9 megabytes, compared to the 243 MB and 881 MB ones he received from Google and Facebook, respectively.

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