According to a report by the New York Times yesterday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ordered all its company’s executives to use only Andriod phones. Reportedly the decision comes after Apple CEO Tim Cook criticized Facebook in an MSNBC interview for being a service which intrudes in public personal life.
Back in March, Tim Cook was asked to give his opinions on Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal that if he was at Zuckerburg’s place what would he do, and in response, Cook said: “I wouldn’t be in this situation.” Later, in an interview with Recode Mark Zuckerburg express his perspective that he found Tim Cook’s comments infuriating and “extremely glib” said:
“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.”
Well, it is not clear which thing instigated Facebook CEO Zuckerberg to made this decision, It is also possible this might be a rational decision to make American executives use Android. As we all know Andriod is a dominant operating system in many countries outside the US including Africa, South America, Europe, Russia, South Asia, and parts of the Middle East.
“We’ve long encouraged our employees and executives to use Android because it is the most popular operating system in the world,”said Facebookin response to theNew York Timesarticle.
Other tech giants also encouraged employees to use Andriod phones, The US tech workers mostly uses iPhone which made a blind spot when working on the other Apps. Android and iOS both are rival companies which could impact app development and user experiences. According to the latest report, Facebook hired a PR firm called Definers Public Affairs to help push negative content about its rival companies Apple and Google.