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Apple CEO Tim Cook worries fake news isn't 'under control'

Cook says he's concerned about outside forces using fake news to manipulate the next presidential election.


Apple CEO Tim Cook on stage Monday at WWDC 2019.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook thinks we should all be concerned about the possibility of fake news impacting the next presidential election. 

"I worry that the fake news is not under control," Cook said in an interview with CBS News' Norah O'Donnell, adding that he's concerned about "outside forces" using fake news to manipulate people's thinking.

Cook also said Apple has people curate its news products because he doesn't believe AI has the power yet to "differentiate between what is fake and what is not."

Cook's interview comes as Apple hosts designers, engineers and developers this week at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California. During Monday's keynote presentation, Apple's CEO and other top brass introduced new features for iOS 13, a new Mac Pro, a new operating system for the iPad and more.

Cook also spoke with O'Donnell about the company's privacy moves and about recent calls to break up Silicon Valley tech giants.  When asked whether Apple is too big, Cook said no. Cook told O'Donnell he thinks "the scrutiny is fair," but he said he strongly disagrees with Sen. Elizabeth Warren's call for Apple and other big tech companies to be broken up.

(Disclosure: CBS News is owned by CBS, the parent company of CNET.)

More of O'Donnell's interview with Tim Cook will air on the June 4 edition of the CBS Evening News.