The big tech colossal are facing tremendous threat of regulations by the US government and lawmakers over the claims, CEO of Apple Tim Cook wants to impulse the tech companies to take responsibility for the 'disorder' that they have created.
Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed the batch of 2019 at Stanford University, focusing on the responsibility that innovators have to weigh the consequences of what they create:
It appears as if the industry is becoming better known for a less noble innovation. We see it every day with every data breach, every privacy violation, every blind eye turned to hate speech, fake news poisoning our national conversation, false miracles in exchange for a single drop of your blood. But if you like it or not, what you build and what you create define who you are.
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Cook is in the habit of taking Apple’s tech industry peers to task over privacy violations and data breaches. He was an oral detractor of Facebook during the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which allowed political operatives to access user data without their consent.
“If you construct a chaos factory, you can’t escape from the responsibility for the chaos,” Cook said during the Stanford address. “Taking authority means having the courage to think things through and there are few areas where this is more important than privacy.”
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As the technology grows, the industry’s titans are bracing for regulation. While Apple spots itself as a privacy champion and Microsoft pledges to partner with regulators, other tech companies are taking their own tact. Let's take Amazon, for example, they are constantly correcting politicians who criticize the company on Twitter. It’s a striking shift from a company infamous for keeping its head down and avoiding public comment.
While, Apple is using its reputation for stronger privacy protections as a selling point, as is Microsoft. The reason behind is, their business models make that possible; neither company relies heavily on advertising revenue, as Google and Facebook do.
As for the next generation of innovators? Cook wants them to slow down and think about the consequences of their actions.
He said, “If you really want to gain praise or success, first learn to take responsibility."