Zuckerberg responds to Cook's comments about Facebook scandal, admits "I could've done a better job"

Zuckerberg responds to Cook's comments about Facebook scandal, admits "I could've done a better job"
Last week, Tim Cook sorta, kinda threw fellow CEO Mark Zuckerberg under the bus. Cook was responding to a question about Facebook's recent "scandal" involving the use of 50 million user profiles without the permission of these subscribers. When Apple's CEO was asked what he would do if he were Zuckerberg, Cook said, "I wouldn’t be in this situation. We could make a ton of money if our customer was our product. We’ve elected not to do that."

Today, an interview with Mark Zuckerberg was published in Vox and included his response to Cook's statement. Calling the Apple CEO's comment "extremely glib," Zuckerberg pointed out that since everyone cannot afford to pay for a service like Facebook, an ad-supported model is the only way to make sure that anyone who wants to be connected can sign up to join the social network.

Zuckerberg also mentioned a quote from Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos that he found appropriate to how Facebook is run. "There are companies that work hard to charge you more, and there are companies that work hard to charge you less," Bezos said during a Kindle unveiling. Zuckerberg points out that Facebook is "squarely in the camp of the companies that work hard to charge you less and provide a free service that everyone can use."


Of course, being an ad-supported entity doesn't mean that things should spin so out of control that 50 million subscribers end up having their "Likes" used without permission to create psychological profiles. Zuckerberg admits that with Facebook in the midst of several issues, he could have done a better job.

source: Vox

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