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Mark Zuckerberg asks Facebook executives to use only Android phones [Updated]

Mark Zuckerberg is said to be upset after criticism from Apple CEO Tim Cook over how the social networking company uses users’ data for targeted advertising.

tech Updated: Nov 15, 2018 18:13 IST
Kul Bhushan
Kul Bhushan
Hindustan Times
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Facebook reportedly pushed back against Apple because Cook’s criticism has upset Zuckerberg.(REUTERS)

Update: Facebook on Thursday dismissed reports that Mark Zuckerberg had ordered his management team to use only Android phones after his tiff with Apple CEO Tim Cook.

“Tim Cook has consistently criticised 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,” Facebook said in a statement.

Read: We disagree with Apple but Android use purely on merit: Facebook

Original story:

Mark Zuckerberg does not want Facebook executives to use Apple’s iPhones.

According to The New York Times, Zuckerberg has asked Facebook executives to use only Android phones as the Google operating system has more users than Apple’s iOS.

The report comes shortly after Apple CEO Tim Cook took a dig at Facebook’s recent data breaches, saying he’d prefer the social networking company had stopped using personal data of users to build “these detailed profiles of people ... patched together from several sources.”

“I think the best regulation is no regulation, is self-regulation,” he said in an interview to MSNBC and Recode. “However, I think we’re beyond that here.”

“The truth is, we could make a ton of money if we monetized our customer — if our customer was our product. We’ve elected not to do that,” he added.

Cook has been critical of Google, Facebook and other companies using users’ data for targeted ads. Of late, he has also advocated stricter data privacy laws.

Speaking at an international conference on data privacy at Brussels last month, Cook hailed the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, law, which is believed to be very strict on the internet companies.

That being said, Zuckerberg’s decision to ask Facebook management team to use Android phones may have been influenced by Cook’s criticism but Google’s mobile OS is indeed the largest in the world.

According to a statcounter report, Android has the highest OS (mobile and tablets) market share at 71.18%. Apple’s iOS is at a distant second position with 26.05%. ALSO READ: Mark Zuckerberg hits back at Tim Cook over user data, says Facebook needs ‘a few years’ to fix problems

First Published: Nov 15, 2018 13:57 IST