Mark Zuckerberg Reportedly Ordered Staff To Stop Using iPhones After Apple CEO’s Criticism

A recent New York Times article titled “Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis” has stirred up more controversy for Mark Zuckerberg regarding how Facebook’s leadership responded to revelations that their company had been manipulated by Russia to undermine American democracy. There are many bombshells within the article, some of which verge on accusations of criminality, but one of the most gossipy tidbits involved Facebook CEO Zuckerberg telling his leadership team to stop using iPhones after Apple’s Tim Cook criticized their company.

The NYT article reads:

“‘We’re not going to traffic in your personal life,’ Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, said in an MSNBC interview. ‘Privacy to us is a human right. It’s a civil liberty.’ (Mr. Cook’s criticisms infuriated Mr. Zuckerberg, who later ordered his management team to use only Android phones, since the operating system has far more users than Apple’s.)”

Though Facebook didn’t respond to requests for comment on the anecdote, it’s no secret that the two companies have been at odds. Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, is a well-known advocate for privacy rights and often criticizes Facebook for the “innovate now, ask questions later” attitude that has led to many avoidable controversies and dangerous situations.

Cook has, at some points, all but accused Facebook of selling out its users for their private data, claiming that the company doesn’t really care about its users because they pay nothing to use the service.

Zuckerberg has responded by saying:

“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. The reality here is that if you want to build a service that helps connect everyone in the world, then there are a lot of people who can’t afford to pay. And therefore, as with a lot of media, having an advertising-supported model is the only rational model that can support building this service to reach people.”

It seems these hard feelings aren’t just for show. After reportedly instructing his employees to stop using iPhones, Facebook allegedly “hired a public affairs company whose staffers wrote negative articles about Apple.”

Social media users were none too pleased to see the petty way Zuckerberg responded to legitimate questions of privacy:

Following the NYT article, Facebook responded with a statement that appears to confirm Zuckerberg’s order against iPhones:

“Tim Cook has consistently criticized 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.”

H/T – Mashable, The New York Times