Some days ago, Facebook has lost up to $100 billion due to the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. Moreover, Mark Zuckerberg – CEO of Facebook, has apologized and made a few changes to privacy as he announced in a statement.
Facebook has been the target of a great deal of criticism since the whistleblower brought the Facebook leaked data into light, and now Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook CEO, has responded to Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook critic.
In an interview last week on MSNBC with Chris Hayes as the host, Tim Cook had a lot to say about the recent Facebook privacy scandal. The host, Chris Hayes asked Tim Cook, what he will do if he found himself in Zuckerberg’s situation, he answered saying, “I wouldn’t be in this situation“.
He continued saying, “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.”
He reiterated saying, “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. We’ve elected not to do that.”
Tim Cook continued, saying, “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.”
Just a week after Tim Cook’s interview, Mark Zuckerberg responded in an interview on a podcast with Vox co-founder, Ezra Klein. Mark Zuckerberg called Tim Cook’s remark “extremely glib and not aligned with the truth.”
Mark Zuckerberg went further, suggesting that Cook was quick to tear apart Facebook’s business model when his company’s own model isn’t very customer friendly.
He continued, saying “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.
“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.
“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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