Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, was so enraged when Tim Cook delivered his famous "We'd never make our customers the product" interview, that he ordered everyone on the board of directors to start only using Android phones. According to a new report from The New York Times, it's the OS that Facebook executives are encouraged to use.
"We're not going to traffic in your personal life.privacy to us is a human right". The quotes arrived during Facebook's Cambridge Analytica data-sharing scandal, where the personal data of around 87 million Facebook users was alleged to have been improperly shared with the analytics company.
"I wouldn't be in this situation", his pithy response was at the time. But the incident highlights just how personally Facebook's founder took the criticism from Apple CEO Tim Cook. But the two companies have publicly traded barbs for months.
When it comes to users, Apple has always said that it supports their data privacy.
Prior to this, Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg have largely stayed out of content policy decisions, preferring instead to look to other resources like third-party fact-checkers in order to weed out fake news.
In the same interview and in subsequent speeches, Cook called for privacy regulation that would impact businesses like Facebook, which make their money from ads, significantly more than Apple, which makes money from hardware sales.
Years later, it appears Zuckerberg still isn't "in alignment" with Apple if he's making his management team eschew a specific brand of phone. If it's true, that means no more iPhones allowed at work. "So there's been no need to employ anyone else to do this for us", Facebook said.