Recently, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asked his employees in the management team to switch towards Android phones if they are using Apple smartphones. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Android smartphones are a more popular operating system as compared to Apple iOS in many regions outside of the US, including South America, Europe, Russia, South Asia, and parts of the Middle East. As per the reports from one of the leading newspapers, Mark Zuckerberg came up with this order to his staff after Apple CEO Tim Cook made public comments about Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data scandal.
“We’re not going to traffic in your personal life,” Cook said, referencing the scandal in an MSNBC interview. “Privacy to us is a human right. It’s a civil liberty.”
Though Zuckerberg asked his management staff to use only Android phones backing up with a reason that the Android has higher usage worldwide than Apple’s iPhone, the orders made by the CEO didn’t go well. As there is still no surety that whether the management team of Facebook has followed the orders and gave up on Apple smartphones.
In March, when Tim Cook was asked on how he would have reacted and what would be his actions if he were in Zuckerberg’s place dealing with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Cook dismissed the question and said, “I wouldn’t be in this situation.”
Zuckerberg had responded to this statement in an interview with Recode, saying that he found Cook’s comments to be ‘extremely glib.’ “I think it’s important that we don’t all get Stockholm syndrome and let the companies that work hard to charge you more convince you that they care more about you. Because that sounds ridiculous to me,” he had said.
On the other hand, Apple had been speaking a lot on privacy concerns these days. Tim Cook even talked about the dangers of using social media and other free online services in multiple interviews. Recently in an interview with MSNBC, Cook said that his company instead chooses privacy over profit by refusing to sell customer data.
“The truth is, we could make a ton of money if we monetized our customer – if our customer was our product,” Cook said. “We’ve elected not to do that.”