Apple boss Tim Cook blasts tech titans like Facebook for creating ‘chaos factory’


APPLE’S head honcho Tim Cook has lashed out at “chaos factory” tech giants for failing to take responsibility for data breaches and privacy violations.

In a thinly veiled attack on rival firms like Facebook and Google, the chief executive said the tech industry is becoming “better known for a less noble innovation, the belief that you can claim credit without accepting responsibility”.

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Apple boss Tim Cook says tech firms should take responsibility for “building chaos factories”[/caption]

Speaking at Standford University, Mr Cook said: “Crisis has tempered optimism, consequences have challenged idealism, and reality has shaken blind faith.”

During his commencement speech to students graduating at the school, he explained the “chilling effect of digital surveillance” alongside words of encouragement.

“We see it every day now, with every data breach, every privacy violation, every blind-eye turned to hate speech,” Mr Cook continued.

“Fake news poisoning our national conversation.

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The comments are a thinly veiled swipe at the likes of Facebook and its boss Mark Zuckerberg[/caption]

“The false miracles in exchange for a single drop of your blood.

“Too many seem to think that good intentions seem to excuse away harmful outcomes.

“If you’ve built a chaos factory you can’t dodge responsibility for the chaos – taking responsibility means having the courage to think things through.”

The iPhone-making firm’s chief has become increasingly vocal about his support for technology to be regulated, suggesting that the US could take inspiration from Europe’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) rules to better protect user data.

In April, the 58-year-old said that current efforts are not working and have led to “a great damage to society”.

Last year, he also warned that data is being weaponised with military efficiency against users.


Huge tech firms like Amazon have suffered major data breaches over the past 12 months[/caption]

In other Apple related news, a teen is suing Apple for an eye-watering $1billion (£0.77billion) after he was accused of stealing from its stores.

Earlier this month, the company was accused of fraud for supposedly hiding a slump in demand for the iPhone.

And, an expert has said that turning your iPhone grey using this trick could help beat smartphone addiction.

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