Zuckerberg Holds Grudge Against Apple CEO Tim Cook, Orders Staff To Only Use Android Phones
A word of warning to any tech CEOs out there: Don't upset Mark Zuckerberg. Should you upset Mark Zuckerberg, you can expect him to order employees to stop using your company's products.
The man rules with an iron fist, that's for sure. In the latest battle of the tech giants, Zuckerberg has it out for Apple. According to the New York Times, the Facebook CEO ordered his management team to only use Android phones after Apple CEO Tim Cook criticised Facebook in an MSNBC interview for being a server that traffics "in your personal life."
As the NYT reported, Cook also added, "Privacy to us is a human right. It's a civil liberty."
In the comments made way back in March, Cook dismissed a question asking him what he would do if he were in Zuckerberg's shoes dealing with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal by saying, "I wouldn't be in this situation."
Oh snap, that's cold.
Cook's comments were said to have "infuriated" Zuckerberg who, in an interview with Recode, said he found Cook's comments to be "extremely glib." He later added that, "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."
The companies have been engaged in a rather public spat for a while now. Apple's CEO is a staunch defender of privacy rights and called out Facebook numerous times for its shoddy record on privacy. Meanwhile, Zuckerberg and his team "respectfully disagree" with Cook.
In a blog post published Thursday, Facebook addressed the claims made in the NYT report and appeared to confirm Zuckerberg's instruction to executives to switch to Android. The statement read: "
Tim Cook has consistently criticised 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.”
But it appears this isn't the only statement of Zuckerberg's wrath. Behind the scenes, Facebook also reportedly hired a public affairs company whose staffers wrote negative articles about Apple. But months later, Apple became the first $1 trillion company in history, while Facebook's market value dipped more than $100 billion.
It sounds like Zuckerberg has quite the case of sour grapes...albeit one that allows him to exert a staggering amount of power over his minions.