Apple CEO Tim Cook to Discuss Privacy, China, Alex Jones and More in VICE Interview Tonight

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently sat down for an interview with VICE News Tonight’s Elle Reeve, and the footage from the interview is set to air tonight.

According to a teaser shared by VICE News Tonight, Cook will cover topics that include the importance of privacy, Apple’s relationship with China, and why Apple blocked conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars app and podcast.

Ahead of the interview, VICE shared several quotes from Cook on the above-mentioned topics. On privacy and its impact on Siri, for example, Cook said that Apple doesn’t believe that personal data is needed to make services better. “Whoever’s telling you that — it’s a bunch of bonk,” he said.

Cook also said Apple has not made it easier for the Chinese government to get data from Chinese customers because the company uses the same encryption everywhere.

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.

On the topic of Alex Jones, Cook said that the removal of the Infowars show from Apple podcasts is an example of the importance of human curation. Cook also said that Apple does not lean one way or the other politically, and it wasn’t taking a political stance removing Jones’ offensive content.

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.

Cook went on to explain that there was no coordination between tech companies after Facebook and Twitter both removed Infowars content after Apple did. “I’ve never even had a conversation about [Alex Jones] with other tech companies,” he said. “We make our decisions independently and I think that’s important.”

We asked Apple CEO @tim_cook for examples of when he has chosen privacy over profit. “Well that would be a very long list, to be honest with you.”

Watch the full exclusive interview on #VICENewsTonight at 7:30 PM EDT on @HBO. pic.twitter.com/zD3t43B4TN

— VICE News (@vicenews) October 2, 2018



To see Cook’s full range of comments, make sure to watch Vice News Tonight at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on HBO.

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