Apple CEO Tim Cook has been sharply critical of Facebook of late for its widespread collection of data on consumers.
On Monday, at the company’s WWDC developer conference in San Jose, Cook’s company followed up his words with some pointed actions that are designed to limit some of that data collection by Facebook and other operators of online ad networks.
Some of the new features will allow users to block Facebook and other ad network operators from tracking their movements on the web.
Other features will allow users to limit the time they spend with particular apps, or control the notifications they get from them.
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