At the time, Cook said: "Apple is a success story that could only have happened in America, and we are proud to build on our long history of support for the United States economy".
Cook defended his company's continued investment in the U.S., explaining that it is "already" creating jobs in America without the need for mounting "political pressure".
The remarks echoed what he said in China over the weekend, when Cook described Facebook's current predicament as "dire" and suggested "some well-crafted regulation is necessary". 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. "It can be abused by advertisers as well".
However, he also said that self-regulation is the best thing companies could do, stressing how Apple made a decision to never use or sell the data of their customers. "When go to Amazon, we like the fact that they know we're about to run out of toothpaste", he said. He added: "However, I think we're beyond that here".
In an interview with tech news website Recode and MSNBC, he said that he would prefer if Facebook and others would have curbed their use of personal data to build "these detailed profiles of people. patched together from several sources". "The truth is, we could make a ton of money if we monetized our customer - if our customer was our product", Cook said.
Everyone from regular users to Apple's CEO Tim Cook are weighing in on the matter. Asked what he would do if he were in Zuckerberg's shoes, Cook responded, "I wouldn't be in this situation".
"We've elected not to do that", Cook explained, according to Recode.