Facebook denies Times report that Zuckerberg forces employees to use Android only

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.

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28 Comments

1. Farcaster

Posts: 159; Member since: Apr 16, 2018

As if he would outright admit that's the reason. Zuckerberg isn't Trump.

21. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Facebook uses Android for all of their standalone Oculus Go's, and and soon to be Oculus Quests. Plus all their hardware is using Android including the Facebook smart displays. Hey Alan what are they going to use? Apple's closed, limiting, locked down iOS that doesn't support VR, or any other hardware except for Apple's supported hardware?

2. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

A company like Facebook wouldn't outright "ban" iPhones, or "force" Android, but like many businesses out there, may instruct their employees to use the "preferred" platform of choice for any number of reasons. In this case, that platform is Android, and it seems like a global market share thing, among other possible things I'm sure. Zuckerberg may disagree with Cook on user data and the made remarks, but that aside, nothing malicious or strange here I don't think.

22. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

All of Facebook's hardware is using Android. Look at the standalone Oculus VR stuff. It's all Android. Look at Facebook's new smart displays, they are Android.

3. f_u_006

Posts: 121; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

I am starting to like this guy.

4. OneLove123

Posts: 1079; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Android ftw!! No need to be locked in the garden.

28. rouyal

Posts: 1582; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Aren't gardens generally kept bug free?

6. MarmiteTheDog

Posts: 191; Member since: Jul 31, 2017

Fair enough. Luckily, my one employee who bought an iPhone 10 got rid of it after a few weeks and bought a Galaxy S9 instead.

7. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

it's wrong. Has criticized Google and Gcebook, yets Apple makes money from it. Apple is such a hypocrite. Its just like Larry Ellison who always complains about Microsoft, and yet he is a stockholder. Apple takes about not using it customers, but accepts money from Google to keep Google Seacrh default on iOS. Just like Apple accept money in the Microsoft deal which save them from a near death experience and iE was the default web browser in the mac. Apple is one of those do as I say but not as I do parent.

10. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Awww tell us more about how Apple touched you in your private parts Techie? Was Samsung not interested in your private parts? Couldn't satisfy JK Shin? Did Lee Jae-yong not send you snap chats anymore because he had to bride more people to get out of jail? Did that upset you?

14. Miodrag23

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 09, 2018

Don't me jealous on him because Tim Cock can't satisfy your needs.

16. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

"Don't me jealous on him" Ok then. Tim Cock satisfies my needs just fine. The new iPads rock my world.

17. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Too much hate on apple, can’t blame since it is the most profitable and valuable company. Everyone is aiming for apple’s pile of cash.

8. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Yet Ironically, Facebook has always worked better on iOS. Instagram on iOS gets updates and features before Android too. Also remember that alternative Facebook app they once made back in 2013 or something which was a lot like flip-board, but for your Facebook account? That never even came to Android, it lived on iOS for a short time and then was abandoned.

11. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Capt. Obvious, lots of apps are better on iOS vs Android. It gies without saying. Just like Microsoft Office is better on Android then iOS, because of things like an open file system. Google's apps are so awesome on Android. And because Google is cross platform, Google apps are equally popular on iOS because they are better than what Apple offees. Everyone offeres a good application on each platform. Who cares who gets updates first? Wealready know mostbapps ahead. .ore issues on iOS vs Android and need to be fixed more. So yea more updates. Lots of platforms have had exclusive apps. Again nothing new. Others were going that long before Apple.

19. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Ohh can't bullcrap your way out of Android being the last to get features and updates so it's "Who cares which platform gets apps first". Bro you go ahead and waste your life moaning and crying about iOS along with the rest of your Fandroid pack. I love Android and the Pixel line up plus all those cheap Android tablets that come out. I also use iOS and enjoy it to bits, it's just sad to see trash like you that ruins the Android fanbase image because you think you are superior because you use a different mobile OS.. LMAO. Why do I even bother..

13. AxelFoley unregistered

"That never even came to Android, it lived on iOS for a short time and then was abandoned." You've perfectly described the purpose of a beta tester. "better", "prettier", "happier", "sadder", are all subjective terms.

20. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Awwwwww, tell us again how much pain was caused in your anal glands because Apple was mentioned?

25. AxelFoley unregistered

The "copy/paste" functions on your keyboard get a good workout. You may want to think of some new material.

26. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Ironic coming from the constant butt-hurt fandroid crowd who have been crying at every mention of Apple for the last decade. People like you don't add anything to the "conversation" here and instead ruin it with the constant "I use Android so I'm superior to all Apple users". Trash like you doesn't deserve anything more than copy-pasted content. That is your worth, glad you noticed.

12. AxelFoley unregistered

"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" Yes, I believe Facebook's response. There was a website called, um....Phonearena that told me that I should with an article written 3 years before Tim Cook's comment. https://www.phonearena.com/news/Facebook-is-forcing-some-of-its-employees-to-ditch-their-iPhones-for-Android-smartphones_id75370

15. lyndon420

Posts: 6790; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

PA reported on this a long time ago - encouraging employees to use Android to make the experience better.

18. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Companies tell to use android, but people use iOS, can’t blame when its the best OS.

27. TechNeck

Posts: 651; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

There's no "best OS". Both have their flaws

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