Facebook has dealt with several issues this year, and almost all of them are connected to data collection and privacy in some form. It got so bad that other companies and their executives started talking publicly about the entire situation. The criticism was widespread, but there was one specific interview that reportedly set off Facebook’s leading man.
Immediately after Apple CEO Tim Cook expressed his disappointment with Facebook’s handling of user data, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ordered his management team to ditch their iOS devices.
The decision was a direct response to Cook’s views on the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Zuckerberg told everyone around him to switch away from the iPhone and get an Android device, according to the New York Times. It’s unclear whether or not high-ranking employees listened.
Here’s what Cook told MSNBC in the midst of the Cambridge Analytica scandal:
“We’re not going to traffic in your personal life. I think it’s an invasion of privacy. Privacy to us is a human right. It’s a civil liberty and something that is unique to America. …
I wouldn’t be in this situation.”
With an entire crowd around him, Cook earned a round of applause and even laughs from the two co-hosts. It wasn’t a good look for Facebook and Zuckerberg, especially since the comments were from one of the world’s most powerful executives.
Facebook has responded to the report, though. It completely refutes what the New York Times laid out.
The two sides are in disagreement over Facebook’s business model, the blog post says. Cook has offered up criticism in the past, and Facebook admitted that it encourages employees to use Android since it’s more popular than iOS around the world.
Facebook talked about more than just Cook’s comments. The Menlo Park-based company took shots at the New York Times for how it described Facebook’s actions relating to Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, the Trump administration’s proposed Muslim ban, ‘Fake News’ stories, and sex trafficking legislation.
It’s a report that sprawls across several subjects, and Facebook’s response touches on all of them. So we heavily recommend checking out the full details since it’s unlikely Facebook has seen the last of any criticism.