It appears that comments critical of Facebook from Apple CEO Tim Cook didn’t go down well with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. He reportedly told Facebook executives to stop using iPhones and start using Android smartphones instead. Zuckerberg reportedly told them to switch to Android phones as the OS has a higher usage worldwide compared to iOS.
Cook’s comments came in the wake of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data scandal for which the company has taken a lot of flak. “We’re not going to traffic in your personal life,” Cook said, in reference to the scandal, adding that “Privacy to us is a human right. It’s a civil liberty.”
Cook went on to say in that MSNBC interview that Apple made a conscious decision to value privacy over profit as it refuses 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.”
Zuckerberg had clapped back soon after when asked about Cook’s comments which he found “extremely glib.” He also said that “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 actually care more about you. Because that sounds ridiculous to me” in an interview with Recode.
It’s unclear if Facebook’s executives did switch from iPhones to Android devices as Facebook has not commented on this report.