Cook's remarks sound significantly more liberal than those of Apple's former CEO, Jobs, who repeatedly made his hostility to pornography clear.
"I'm personally not a big fan of regulation, because sometimes regulation can have unexpected consequences to it; however, I think this certain situation is so dire, and has become so large, that probably some well-crafted regulation is necessary", Cook said at the government-sponsored event, which he was a co-chair of this year. "However, I think we're beyond that here", said Cook.More news: PM maintains Brexit 'is no power grab' amid devolution discussions
He says that if a consumer buys any of their products, Apple will make a little bit of money. I think, in general, technology is an increasingly important trend in the world. "I wouldn't be in this situation", Cook said. China was given the infamous title of the worst abuser of internet freedom for a third year in a row, due to government censorship and restrictions of basic online services and an nearly complete lack of digital privacy.
"At stake is the data security of hundreds of millions of law-abiding people and setting a unsafe precedent that threatens everyone's civil liberties", he continued.More news: Facebook turns off ad targeting tool based on third-party data
In an interview with CNN's Laurie Segall, Zuckerberg responded to a question about outside regulation in an unexpected way: "I actually am not sure we shouldn't be regulated".
Though the interview of MSNBC is scheduled to air on April 6th, the network has released few clips this week, in which Tim Cook bashed against Facebook.
Still, Cook's comments to MSNBC clearly indicate there will be no porn-related apps on the App Store any time soon.More news: Kansas Basketball: All you need to know about Villanova and the Jayhawks
However, Cook appears to have worked out that Apple's target market is not right-wing neo-conservative Christians in the United States bible belt, but young upwardly mobile kids in cities who have more money than sense and know little about technology.