Tim Cook Describes Fake News as 'One of Today's Chief Problems'

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    As Apple CEO Tim Cook continues to make his rounds in Europe, Good Morning Britain managed to catch him for a quick interview while he was visiting Woodberry Down Primary School yesterday. Regarding fake news, which has been an increasingly hot topic since the U.S. Presidential election got into full swing last year, Cook said that "this is one of today's chief problems."


    In the wake of growing fake news, companies like Facebook have taken action to bring the quality of an article to their users' attention before they share it with their friends. For Apple, Cook said that the solution to the problem is not a simple one.
    Cook covered another topic during his stay in London this week, discussing Brexit with United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May. According to The Independent, in the talk Cook said that he is "very optimistic" about the UK's future outside of the European Union, and that it will be "just fine," although there will undoubtedly be some "bumps in the road along the way."
    Apple will continue to back the UK in the future, as it currently plans on building a new headquarters at London's Battersea Power Station, expected to be complete by 2021. After its completion, 1,400 employees will be moved from eight locations around London to occupy the company's new UK offices.

    Early this morning, Cook also continued documenting his European adventures on Twitter, congratulating the Tate Britain art gallery after he visited its digital artwork exhibit. Yesterday, he stopped in the offices of ustwo games in London to get a sneak peak at the latest mobile game from the company behind Monument Valley.

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  2. radiology macrumors 6502


    Feb 11, 2014
    Westlake, OH
    --- Post Merged, Feb 10, 2017 ---
    Here is my solution to avoid fake news: don't read/watch the news. It's all fake anyway...
  3. naeS1Sean macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2011
    Scranton, PA
    I feel like he's more politician than anything else these days.
  4. ncbetz macrumors 6502


    Jan 9, 2016
    Texas, USA
    So you read this? just kidding love you macrumors
  5. Scottsoapbox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2014
    The chief problem is that people aren't educated enough in critical thinking to be able to discern which news is fake.
  6. Autrement macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2012
    It's heartening to see a leader who (unlike Zuckerberg) realizes that news media is now permanently linked with the way technology companies create their systems and build their interfaces, and that these companies bear a civic responsibility to make sure that unscrupulous actors and propagandists are not taking advantage of them.

    This is especially important when our president can't grasp the difference between "fake news" and "news that reports something negative about him."

    This is all only going to get worst in our post-fact age, unfortunately.
  7. WBRacing macrumors 65816


    Nov 19, 2012
    It's like News Papers these days are no longer that, they have become "Opinion Papers".
  8. MacAndMic macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2009
    News programs have become the typical TV series, entertainment at best. Agreed!
  9. Autrement macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2012
    Newspapers? Newspapers are 200 times better than the dregs of 24 hour cable news with its pundits who are interested in immediately spinning every single thing that happens to their political advantage.
  10. simonmet, Feb 10, 2017
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    simonmet macrumors 68020


    Sep 9, 2012
    Ok I get that fake news is basically an evolution of political propaganda, but is it "one of today's chief problems"? Seriously? What about global conflict, population growth, food security, pollution, habitat destruction and species loss, disease, global warming, inequality between and within nations, the plight of Africa...?

    And just what does Apple expect to do? I don't use Apple's News app (deleted it) because I disdain anything that tries to track my activity and preferences. I'm smart enough to get my news from quality sources when I feel so inclined and to read critically even from those. The onus is predominantly on the individual here.

    Fake news has developed because of a tendency for certain people to believe what they want to believe regardless of truth, which has always existed (case in point: religion!) and the chief combat for this is education.

    Seriously, this is just another fluff piece and useless musing from Tim Cook to try and make him sound socially progressive when really he's just the head of a major global corporation.
  11. Autrement macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2012
    Or ... how about we take a skeptical eye to what we read and educate our students to recognize the difference between fact, opinion and spin?

    An uninformed populace just makes the problem worse.
  12. kazmac macrumors 604


    Mar 24, 2010
    On the silver scream
    Uh, why is this important to a tech company again?

    Simple solution: just ignore it.
  13. mkeeley macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2007
    Well with there being so little balanced news out there (is there any?) it's not easy working out what's real and what's not. Unless you simply assume it's all fake, probably wouldn't be too far off.

    Journalism in general, if you can call it that, really is in the gutter these days. I've stopped reading & watching news for now, blocked all the sites too. When they grow up I'll start again.
  14. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    As long as people have biases there will be fake news. There are more sources of news and places to get news than ever before but all it's done really is created silos where people only see and read what they want to hear, what will confirm their biases. The only reason a fake news item catches on and spreads is because someone wants to believe it, wants it to be true.
  15. Max Portakabin Suspended

    Sep 25, 2014
    From a company that spins as much as they do? Can't have been said with a straight face.
  16. Autrement macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2012
    Because tech companies are the new media companies. People increasingly get their news based on algorithms.
    It's very much a concern of the tech company if the algorithms point people to news that is going to be misinformation or worse.
  17. ILuvEggplant Suspended


    Jul 28, 2016
    Los Angeles, CA
    It's a sad day when people choose not to believe in facts.

    And no Trump supporters, "alternative facts" are just lies.

  18. simonmet macrumors 68020


    Sep 9, 2012
    Pretty much exactly what I just said above too!
  19. orbital~debris macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2004
    England, UK, Europe
    I'm absolutely all for eradication of Fake News, but only recently have started to wonder if the solution may eventually lead to a double-edged sword scenario…

    So I think many already know that Facebook et. al. use algorithms to determine where & how prominently a post appears for others in their social network. What if this kind of manipulation is enacted on a larger scale, but to censor or filter-out dissenting views to give the appearance of consensus.

    Fake News solutions - while currently seeming to work on the basis of flagging content with a quality message - could theoretically be used to suppress all updates on a topic at the discretion of whoever is ultimately in control (be it the network itself or a higher governance).
  20. needfx macrumors 68040


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    I'd post something about news on the mac line, blah blah blah, but what's the point anyway?
  21. Cole Slaw macrumors 6502a

    Cole Slaw

    Oct 6, 2006
    Dear Tim;
    Please focus on running your company to the best of your ability and spend less time on politics and being a social justice warrior.
    Thank you.

    P.S., if you can find the time could you please update your desktop computers sometime this decade?
  22. Starflyer macrumors 6502a


    Jan 22, 2003
  23. honglong1976 macrumors 65816


    Jul 12, 2008
  24. coolbreeze macrumors 68000


    Jan 20, 2003
    Guy on CNN called fake news a racial slur yesterday. So Tim is a racist?

    What's fake news again? You decide...
  25. Autrement macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2012
    What exactly is the social justice issue involved with fake news?

    Seems to me it effects everyone on every side of the political spectrum.

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