Tim Cook publicly denounced Facebook's advertising centered profit model and public security concerns during an interview with Vice News in October that took place after Facebook's September 28 announcement that the largest breach in its history had occurred, exposing the private data of 50 million users. In the same interview he went on to say "Privacy to us is a human right".
Earlier this year during an interview with Recode, Apple's CEO Tim Cook without directly pointing out Zuckerberg said he would never allow people's data to be stolen the way Facebook has in recent years. The wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal was still fresh, and the comment reportedly angered Zuckerberg.
In on broadcast interview, Cook was asked what his advice would be on the situation and responded "I wouldn't be in that situation".
Tensions between Facebook and Apple, then, nearly certainly have to be at an all-time high.
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While it's not clear how Cook's aggressive comments directly provoked Zuckerberg into issuing his Android-only order, it's still a rational decision to make Americans use Android.
"I wouldn't be in this situation", his pithy response was at the time.
The Cambridge Analytica scandal blew up to implicate not just Zuckerberg but also US President Donald Trump. According to Facebook, the Times report incorrectly suggested "that we ever asked Definers to pay for or write articles on Facebook's behalf - or to spread misinformation". The company claims that it encourages its employees to use Android over iOS but that is not because of what Tim Cook has said.
"So there's been no need to employee anyone else to do this for us". "Whoever's telling you that - it's a bunch of bunk", Cook told Vice. "I think it's the most ridiculous concept".
Facebook shut down Paper, a stand-alone iOS app that was part News Feed, part newsreader, in 2016, two years after its launch.
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