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Mark Zuckerberg Dismisses Tim Cook’s Facebook Critique As Being ‘Extremely Glib’
By Mikelle Leow, 03 Apr 2018
Image via Frederic Legrand - COMEO / Shutterstock.com
Things are heating up in Silicon Valley. Shortly after Apple CEO Tim Cook slighted Facebook for allegedly capitalizing on users’ privacy, the social network’s co-founder did the real-life equivalent of hitting the widely-anticipated ‘Dislike’ button.
In a podcast interview with Vox co-founder Ezra Klein, Zuckerberg refuted Cook’s insinuations about Apple having a more secure business model because it sells products instead of customers’ data.
As a refresher, Cook previously told Recode’s Kara Swisher and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, “We could make a ton of money if we monetized our customers, if our customers were our product. We’ve elected not to do that.”
Zuckerberg dismissed these allegations as “extremely glib” and “not at all aligned with the truth.”
“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,” Zuckerberg hit back.
“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,” Zuckerberg explained.
“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.”
The Facebook CEO also expressed his certainty that a business can co-exist as a service to people while running on advertisements. “I don’t think at all that that means that we don’t care about people.”
In other words, Zuckerberg believes that you can’t compare apples to oranges—or in this case, Facebook. While Apple profits from its gadgets, the free social network depends on digital advertising.
You can listen to the full podcast below.
[via Vox, cover image via Frederic Legrand - COMEO / Shutterstock.com]
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