Facebook denies Times report that Zuckerberg forces employees to use Android only
Facebook today denied a report in yesterday's New York Times, which said that company co-founder CEO Mark Zuckerberg has ordered company executives to use Android handsets only. The report said that Zuckerberg was getting back at Apple for comments made by its CEO, Tim Cook. The comments made by Cook were published earlier this year, at the same time that the Cambridge Analytica scandal was starting to break. You might recall that 87 million Facebook members had their personal information obtained by the now defunct British consulting firm without turning over the necessary permission.
While the news of this Facebook security breach was just being publicized, Apple chief Tim Cook was asked what he would do if he were Mark Zuckerberg. Cook responded by saying that he would never be in the same position as his Facebook counterpart. Cook elaborated by stating that Apple could make a lot of money if its customers were the product, hinting that Facebook was selling out its members to advertisers and others. This comment probably did not sit well with Zuckerberg.
The Facebook Newsroom website today includes a statement admitting that Facebook executives and employees have been encouraged to use Android over iOS. But the reason for this has nothing to with Cook's comments, according to Facebook. Instead, the company says that Android's position as the most popular operating system in the world is the reason why the company suggests its employees use it over iOS.
So there you have it folks. Yes, Facebook admits that its executives and employees are "encouraged" to use Android devices over iOS. But if you believe Facebook's response, it has to do with the huge global market share owned by Google's open source operating system, and nothing to do with Tim Cook's comments criticizing how Facebook courts its advertising clients.