Apple CEO Tim Cook praises Parkland, 'Me Too' activists in commencement speech

Katie Ramirez
May 14, 2018

Cook, however, emphasized at Duke that Apple did things differently, explaining: 'We reject the excuse that getting the most out of technology means trading away your right to privacy'.

In March, it was revealed that data firm Cambridge Analytica had harvested information belonging to almost 90 million Facebook users - prompting global outrage and forcing CEO Mark Zuckerberg to apologize.

Comparing Apple's approach to privacy with Facebook's is a bit like comparing apples to oranges because the companies' offerings are completely different. We've elected not to do that'. "Because we know it belongs to you". "And not at all aligned with the truth", Zuckerberg told Vox. As for how he would handle such a privacy concern, Cook has said that such a scenario isn't possible for his company.

"Fearless like the students of Parkland, Fla., who refuse to be silent about the epidemic of gun violence and have rallied millions to their cause", Cook said. He was my friend, my mentor, Steve Jobs.

Cook's comments about privacy may also have been a reference to Google, which is a more direct Apple competitor.

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"In every way at every turn, the question we ask ourselves is not, 'What can we do?', but 'What should we do?" When you look across this country, and when you see people's lives held back by discrimination and poverty, when you see injustice and inequality, he said you should be the last people to accept things as they are.

The company caught flack when it announced in February a plan to move iCloud accounts registered in mainland China to state-run Chinese servers.

In 2014, meanwhile, hackers were able to access private photographs belonging to celebrities before posting them online.

Being the CEO of one of the world's most iconic, and therefore most powerful, tech company has ceased to be just an executive and management position.

Cook urged his audience that if they wanted to make an impact on society, they had to first challenge the conventions of the status quo and "find your fearlessness", referencing the tenacity of advocates leading the #Metoo and immigration rights movements as well as the Parkland student gun control activists as examples to follow by.

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