Gist :- Apple Is Not Consumer Friendly” – Zuckerberg Fires Back At Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg remained silent
for far too long following the revelation that a
shady political consultancy called Cambridge
Analytica was able to steal personal data
belonging to an estimated 50 million people
using Facebook’s own tools. Now that Zuckerberg
has broken his silence, however, he can’t stop
talking. The Facebook co-founder and chief
executive issued an initial statement nearly two
weeks ago, and he has since apologized in a
full-page newspaper ad as well as in several

interviews. Of course, we’ve all been down this
road many times before. Facebook screws up,
Zuckerberg apologizes, Facebook makes a few
changes to privacy controls, and the commotion
slowly fades away until the next big privacy
scandal pops up. Lather, rinse, repeat.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal is a big one,
though. It is perhaps one of the biggest privacy
scandals in Facebook’s history, which is long
and full of privacy scandals. Using Facebook’s
developer tools, the company was able to
harvest private data belonging to more than 50
million Facebook users by circulating a fake
“personality quiz” that was completed by only a
few hundred thousand users. Facebook has been
the target of a great deal of criticism since a
whistleblower brought this scandal to light, and
now Mark Zuckerberg has responded to one of
Facebook’s highest-profile critics: Apple CEO Tim
Cook.

Apple’s Tim Cook is the CEO of the biggest
publicly traded company in the United States,
and he used the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica
scandal as an opportunity to remind the world
that Apple values its customers’ privacy. While
companies like Facebook and Google make
money by learning as much as possible about
users to serve them targeted advertisements,

Apple makes money by overcharging for cell
phones. Both strategies have pros and cons, but
the latter prevents Apple from having to deal
with the blowback from privacy scandals akin to
Facebook’s current predicament.

In an interview on MSNBC with host Chris Hayes
last week, Cook had a lot to say about Facebook
and its most recent privacy scandal. When
Hayes asked the CEO what he would do if he
ever found himself in Zuckerberg’s current
situation, he offered a great response: “I
wouldn’t be in this situation.”

As we all know, the user is the product with
free services like Google’s search engine or
Facebook’s social network. Google and Facebook
are advertising companies. Cook reiterated that
Apple doesn’t collect data and sell ads the way
Facebook does, so the customer is not the
product.

“[Apple could] make a ton of money if we
monetized our customer,” Cook told Hayes
during the interview. “We’ve elected not to do
that.”

Cook continued, “I think it’s an invasion of
privacy. I think it’s – privacy to us is a human
right. It’s a civil liberty, and in 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. And so, we’ve always
done this. This is not something that we just
started last week when we saw something
happening. We’ve been doing this for years.”

Well, it’s been almost a week since that
interview, and now Facebook CEO Mark
Zuckerberg has finally issued a public response.
In an interview on a podcast with Vox co-
founder Ezra Klein, Zuckerberg called Cook’s
remarks “extremely glib and not aligned with
the truth.” He went even further, suggesting
that Cook was quick to tear apart Facebook’s
business model when his company’s own model
isn’t very consumer friendly.

“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 said. “Because that sounds
ridiculous to me.”

Zuckerberg went on to explain that Facebook is
one of several ad-supported online products,
claiming that its goal is to connect everyone,
even those who cannot afford to pay for such a
service. “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 can’t
afford to pay,” he said. “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.”

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  • April 14, 2018 at 7:06 am
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