Mark Zuckerberg Asked Facebook Execs to Stop Using iPhones: Report
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the US Senate hearing.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the US Senate hearing.(Photo: AP)

Mark Zuckerberg Asked Facebook Execs to Stop Using iPhones: Report

After Apple CEO Tim Cook’s statement about misuse of data by social media, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has asked Facebook executives to stop using iPhones, and switch to Android devices instead, The New York Times reported.

Zuckerberg reportedly asked the executives to use Android because the operating system is more popular than Apple’s across the globe.

When asked what he would do if he was in Zuckerberg’s shoes during the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, Cook said in a March interview with MSNBC, “I wouldn’t be in this situation.” The Apple CEO also criticised the social media network for trafficking “in personal lives”.

To this, Zuckerberg responded that the Apple CEO’s comments were “extremely glib” and that he thinks “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 actually care more about you. Because that sounds ridiculous to me,” according to a report by The Verge.

Apple CEO Tim Cook. 
Apple CEO Tim Cook. 
(Photo: IANS)

It’s not confirmed if Cook’s interview prompted Zuckerberg to ask his executives to use Android phones. But with Facebook witnessing most of its growth from markets where Android is the leading mobile platform, Zuckerberg and Cook have been throwing the gauntlet at each other for sometime now.

Facebook, on Thursday released a detailed statement titled New York Times Update, where it highlighted the point about its executives asked to use Android phones. It also points out the obvious difference in opinion between Tim Cook and Zuckerberg.

Tim Cook has consistently criticized our business model and Mark has been equally clear he disagrees. So there’s been no need to employ anyone else to do this for us. And we’ve long encouraged our employees and executives to use Android because it is the most popular operating system in the world.
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Traditionally, critics don’t consider Android to be the a secure mobile platform, but Google has initiated several changes to improve the operating system in the last year.

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