Apple CEO Tim Cook talks about Privacy, China, Alex Jones and More in VICE Interview


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In an exclusive interview carried out by Vice (HBO), Apple CEO Tim Cook and Vice Reporter Elle Reeve sat down and talked about several major issues in the tech community. Privacy, China and Alex Jones’s Infowars app, and podcasts which were recently removed from Apple Podcasts and the App Store because of conflicting views.



Apple says, in regards to Chinese servers being able to gather data from iCloud or other Apple servers, customers need not to worry about the protection of personal information.


It’s not easy for anybody to get it. I mean it’s it’s encrypted like it is everywhere. And so no, I wouldn’t I wouldn’t get caught up in the, ‘Where’s the location of it?’ I mean, we have servers located in many different countries in the world. They are not easier to get data from being in one country versus the next.

Alex Jones

Alex Jones, who is a very controversial topic after being banned from Twitter, and Facebook. Facebook later admitted that Apple’s decision contributed to the removal of their platform. Earlier this year, Apple removed Infowars from the App Store and Apple Podcasts, which caused controversial movement in the tech community.


What users want from us and what we’ve always provided them is a curated platform. We think the what the user wants is someone that does review these apps, someone that does review the podcasts, someone that on like Apple news, where a human is selecting the top stories. And that’s what we do. We don’t take a political stand. We’re not leaning one way or the other. You can tell that from the stuff on the App Store and in podcasts etc. You’ll see everything from very conservative to very liberal. And that’s the way I think it should be.

Mr Cook also explained how Apple made their decision independently on the removal, and him, nor anyone at Apple coordinated in the removal or Mr Jones from any other platform.


“We make our decisions independently and I think that’s important.”



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