Apple CEO Tim Cook has deepened the divide between Apple and Facebook by making comments to suggest that social media platforms are to blame for “disinformation and conspiracy theories juiced by algorithms.”
“We can no longer turn a blind eye to a theory of technology that says all engagement is good engagement — the longer the better — and all with the goal of collecting as much data as possible,” Cook said.
In return, Facebook recently accused Apple of being anticompetitive, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg saying on Wednesday that Apple has “every incentive to use their dominant platform position to interfere with how our apps and other apps work.”
“A social dilemma cannot be allowed to become a social catastrophe,” Cook said of Facebook in return.
The Biden administration may end up appointing a former Facebook lawyer to head up its anti-trust division, which could end up making social media fairly immune to any worries about anti-trust actions for the next four years at least.
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