Android Use "Purely On Merit": Facebook After Reports Of Snub To Apple

Brenda Watkins
November 15, 2018

Facebook has a semi-official ban on employees using Apple's iPhones - allegedly because of Mark Zuckerberg's ire at Apple CEO Tim Cook.

According to a well-known media source, of course, I am talking about none other than The New York Times, the social network giant Facebook's co-founder, of course, Mark Zuckerberg ordered his employees to give up iPhone and use Android smartphone only.

Cook said that Apple wouldn't traffic in a customer's personal life and that privacy was a human right.

According to The New York Times, Zuckerberg later ordered management to use Android phones, reasoning that more Facebook users use Android phones than iPhones (i.e. they could better understand the experiences of their users).

Soon after, Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg in an interview with Recode said that she "respectfully disagrees" with Cook's critique. "I wouldn't be in this situation".

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Thus, companies whose model relies mainly on boosting audience engagement to pay the bills with eyeballs on as many ads as possible are in a much more precarious position privacy-wise, claimed Tim Cook, and that obvious truth apparently didn't sit well with Facebook's CEO.

Cook has made critical comments about the 87 million Facebook users who had their data unknowingly accessed by a political firm.

Apple's CEO has been on record numerous times to clarify why they don't need to trade in customer data as Google and Facebook do.

"Russian interference" in the 2016 USA presidential elections, prompting a backlash from Twitter users who blasted the actor for being sucked into the "McCarthyite" "Russia scare" they said was gripping the United States. At the time of giving this order Zuckerberg said that Android has a wider user base in comparison to iOS. If it's true, that means no more iPhones allowed at work.

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