Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has hit back at Tim Cook after the Apple boss criticised the social network in light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Last week, Cook claimed he would never find himself in Zuckerberg’s predicament because Apple had chosen not to monetise its customer’s data.
In an interview with Vox, the under fire Zuckerberg called Cook’s comments “glib” and “not aligned with the truth.”
He claimed the notion that Apple cares more because it charges you more “sounds ridiculous.”
He defended Facebook as a free service that helps connect everyone in the world, as opposed to Apple’s premium pricing that’s often prohibitive.
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Zuckerberg said: “You know, I find that argument, that if you’re not paying that somehow we can’t care about you, to be extremely glib and not at all aligned with the truth.”
Zuckerberg said just because Facebook isn’t charging its users, it doesn’t mean the company doesn’t care about them. He also claimed to make decisions based on what mattered to the community rather than what would please his ad sales team.
He added: “I don’t think at all that that means that we don’t care about people. To the contrary, 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.”
The Facebook founder said his company, like Amazon, works hard to charge you less, as opposed to Apple’s approach of working hard to charge you more.
Facebook continues to reel from the data harvesting revelations with governments on both sides of the Atlantic seeking an audience with the crown prince of social media.
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