Just yesterday, a bombshell story from The New York Times was published that outlined Facebook’s efforts to navigate a parade of recent crisis moments.
In that report, Apple and the company’s CEO, Tim Cook, were brought up. According to the report, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, was none too pleased with Cook over his comments regarding the social network. As a quick refresher, when Facebook was dealing with the Cambridge Analytica fallout, Cook was asked in an interview about privacy in general, and, if he was in Zuckerberg’s shoes in the same situation, what he would do.
“I wouldn’t be in this situation.”
Cook had other choice words on Facebook in general, of course, including stating the most obvious difference between the two companies in that one uses a customer’s personal information to make money, while the other does not. Cook has never been shy about championing individual privacy, especially when it comes to the data that big companies like Apple and Facebook can collect.
Well, all of that reportedly didn’t go over well with Zuckerberg, who, in a retaliatory action, told management to shift their personal phones from iPhone to Android. According to the report, this had something to do with the fact that Android is the most popular mobile operating system, but also in part because Zuck was mad at Cook.
Here we are not even a day later and Facebook is quick with the response. The published blog post from the social network uses a bullet point list to touch on a variety of topics the original NYT report exposed, but we’re jus there for the Facebook comment on iPhones. Interestingly, the company says that it’s “long encouraged” employees and executives to use Android, because it’s “the most popular operating system in the world”. That would indeed line up with the original report, leaving out the fact that Zuckerberg was mad at Cook and ordered the change.
“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.”
The main difference here appears to be that Facebook has been suggesting folks use Android at the company for quite some time, and that this is not a new policy, or mandate from Zuckerberg directly.
Whatever the reality is here, it’s all pretty funny. Zuckerberg will go to bat for Facebook and its myriad ways the company goes about collecting data on its users, but to hear that he got mad at Cook over pointing out that reality is comical.