Mark Zuckerberg Fires Back After Tim Cook Critique

by Lawrence Cooper April 3, 2018, 4:13
Mark Zuckerberg Fires Back After Tim Cook Critique

"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", Zuckerberg added.

Zuckerberg took issue with the implication that Facebook is indifferent to the concerns of its 2 billion users because of its ad-supported business model, which prioritizes user attention. "It's a civil liberty, and is something that is unique to America, this is like freedom of speech and freedom of the press and privacy is right up there for us". As such, advertising comes into play as part of the business model.

However, in the wake of the changes being implemented after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, it appears that Facebook no longer feels this is enough to safeguard data privacy. Companies like Facebook and Google make money by learning as much as they can about users, while Apple earns by overcharging for its devices. "I wouldn't be in this situation", Cook argued recently.

"He said, 'There are companies that work hard to charge you more, and there are companies that work hard to charge you less.' And at Facebook, we are squarely in the camp of the companies that work hard to charge you less and provide a free service that everyone can use".

Facebook came under fire last month after it was reported that controversial political data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica acquired the information of more than 50 million Facebook users and used that data to produce targeted advertisements for political efforts, including Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Mark Zuckerberg thinks so.

Cook was asked last month how he would handle the crisis.

To prove how fast Facebook changes its version of the truth, let's also remember back when Zuckerberg candidly said that fake news on Facebook influencing the outcome of the U.S. election was a "pretty insane idea". Ezra Klein noted that there was no "quadrennial election for CEO of Facebook", which may lead to a lack of accountability for the company. More to the point, the Apple CEO stressed that privacy is a concept that the company highly values and that he views it as a human right. In the coming weeks, Zuckerberg is also expected to testify on Capitol Hill after repeated calls from officials to do so.

In this day and age, the protection of data is increasingly precarious, and the fallout should that protection fail is capable of taking down even the most powerful platforms.

This story was first published on CNN.com, "Mark Zuckerberg hits back at Tim Cook". We think that's wrong and it's not the kind of company that Apple wants to be, so we don't want your data.

"If you were in alignment with them, then they'd make their products a lot cheaper", he said.


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