In HBO’s Vice News Tonight interview, Tim Cook discusses China, Alex Jones and more

Tim Cook recently sat down with Vice News Tonight correspondent Elle Reeve. During the one-on-one interview, which is available on HBO, the Apple CEO discussed various topics, including China, Alex Jones, and more. 

In a series of tweets teasing the interview, you can see snippets where Cook addressed some hot-button issues. Among these was Apple’s decision to cooperate with Chinese policy and migrate iCloud accounts to China-owned servers.

Explaining that data in China remains encrypted like everywhere else, Cook said:

I wouldn’t get caught up in the, Where’s the location of it?’ I mean, we have servers located in many different countries in the world. They are not easier to get data from being in one country versus the next.

On the Alex Jones controversy which saw the controversial conspiracy theorist banned from Apple Podcasts and the App Store, among other outlets, this summer, Cook explained:

We think the what the user wants is someone that does review these apps, someone that does review the podcasts, someone that on like Apple news, where a human is selecting the top stories. And that’s what we do. We don’t take a political stand. We’re not leaning one way or the other. You can tell that from the stuff on the App Store and in podcasts etc. You’ll see everything from very conservative to very liberal. And that’s the way I think it should be.

Cook also discussed whether Apple’s voice assistant, Siri, was hindered because the company doesn’t collect personal data like similar services. “It’s a bunch of bunk,” he said. “The narrative that some companies will try to get you to believe is, ‘I’ve got to take all of your data to make my service better.’ Well, don’t believe that.”

Cook’s interview is part of Vice News Tonight for Oct. 2 on HBO.