Apple CEO Tim Cook got political during a commencement speech from his alma mater, Duke University, on Sunday, encouraging the graduates to be fearless like the Parkland school shooting survivors and activists from the "Me Too" movement.
He also appeared take yet another jab at Facebook and its handling of user data.
"If you hope to change the world, you must find your fearlessness", he said.
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"Fearless, like the women who say "me too" and 'time's up.' Women who cast light onto dark places and move us to a more just and equal future", Cook continued. "So we choose a different path: Collecting as little of your data as possible. I wouldn't be in this situation", Cook said during a town hall discussion back in March.
This led Cook to call upon graduates to increase social media regulations and to question Facebook among others on whether user data should be monetized.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg deserves more credit than many give him for making "meaningful changes" to the business model, which relies on information about users of its platform, Sloy & Holst CIO Paul Meeks said during the CNBC segment. "And not at all aligned with the truth", Zuckerberg told Vox. From the radical visionary that was Steve Jobs to its use of 100% renewable energy, Cook explains how Apple has rejected what is often considered common practices and the path of least resistance. Ever since Apple itself became the center of attraction in the U.S. government's efforts to weaken encryption on smartphones and cellular networks, the company has become a poster boy for protecting users' privacy even in the face of extreme pressure. We fail to guarantee every student the right to a good education. No generation has ever had more power than yours.
In 2014, meanwhile, hackers were able to access private photographs belonging to celebrities before posting them online. Fearless like the students of Parkland, Florida, who refused to be silent about the epidemic of gun violence have rallied millions to their cause.