Mark Zuckerberg Fires Back After Tim Cook Critique
- Author: Rogelio Becker Apr 03, 2018,
Apr 03, 2018, 3:01
In recent weeks, Facebook has faced a storm of criticism over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which saw the controversial British data-mining firm use data from 50 million Facebook users on behalf of Donald Trump's presidential campaign in 2016. Zuckerberg said that Cook's opinion - that Apple offers a better business model as it sells products to users rather than user data to advertisers - was "extremely glib, and not at all aligned with the truth".
"I don't think at all that that means that we don't care about people", Zuckerberg said. "If you want to build a service which is not just serving rich people, then you need to have something that people can afford". He told Klein that Facebook does things similarly to Amazon, which CEO Jeff Bezos stated (in regard to a 2011 Kindle launch), "There are companies that work hard to charge you more, and there are companies that work hard to charge you less". "Because that sounds ridiculous to me", Zuckerberg went on.
Cook slammed Zuckerberg in a March interview with MSNBC and Recode by saying Facebook and other companies should be regulated to limit the use of consumer data.
Still, during Zuckerberg's one-hour conversation with Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner, the CEO touted Facebook's commitment to user privacy and suggested that is why users feel comfortable sharing information on the platform.
"We investigated a report that some people were seeing their old draft videos when they accessed their information from our Download Your Information tool", the company said.
"A$3 ll of a sudden something is chasing me around the web", Cook said of the feature, calling it "creepy". Did you just say Facebook is a media company?
Unlike Facebook, Apple previously has demonstrated its ability to make a strong decision when it comes to privacy.
Cambridge Analytica-the firm at the centre of Facebook users' data breach-has sought an additional time of one week to respond to government's notice questioning the company on alleged misuse of data to profile Indians and influence their voting behaviour.
"I'm personally not a big fan of regulation because sometimes regulation can have unexpected consequences to it".
"If you were in alignment with them, then they'd make their products a lot cheaper", he said. I don't think it's really right to assume that people spending time on a service is bad.
Since Christopher Wylie, co-founder and former employee of Cambridge Analytica, came forward with this account, journalists have uncovered that Facebook executives (including, of course, Mark Zuckerberg) were aware of this breach virtually from its occurrence, electing not to reveal its existence to users and making minimal preventative changes to the site's Terms and Conditions.