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Facebook CEO reportedly told staff told not to use iPhones

15 November 2018

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the claim that Zuckerberg had personally told executives to stop using iPhones.

Dismissing a media report that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ordered his management team to use only Android phones after his tiff with Apple CEO Tim Cook, the social media network today said the decision to use Android is because it is the most popular operating system in the world. He had said, "The truth is, we could make a ton of money if we monetised our customer - if our customer was our product".

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In a statement today, Facebook said Mr Zuckerberg's disagreement with Mr Cook is only over the business model. He "ordered his management team to use only Android phones, since the operating system has far more users than Apple's", according to people familiar who spoke to the New York Times. Specifically, Cook said Apple was "not going to traffic in your personal life", and that to Apple privacy is a "human right" and a "civil liberty". Then again, when Recode's Kara Swisher asked Cook what would he do if he was Mark Zuckerberg, Cook replied, "I wouldn't be in this situation".

Cook had criticised Facebook for its mishandling and commercialisation of consumer data, adding that the time may have been over for self-regulation of how companies handle personal information. In an interview with MSNBC, Tim Cook had launched a tirade against Facebook for its involvement in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. "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".

Facebook CEO reportedly told staff told not to use iPhones