The verbal war between Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg and Apple CEO Tim Cook, has escalated with Zuckerberg’s recent allegation that Apple’s expensive gadgets are “just serving rich people.”
This charged claim by the Facebook billionaire came after last week’s statement by Cook in which he said by selling their data to third parties the social network was violating the “human right” to privacy of its users.
On Monday, April 2, during an interview with Vox, 33-year-old Zuckerberg said, “You know, I find that argument, that if you’re not paying that somehow we can’t care about you, to be extremely glib. And not at all aligned with the truth.” He added, “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 who can’t afford to pay.”
Last week, Cook said in an interview that the recent scandal Facebook had involving Cambridge Analytica proves that government regulation is needed for the social networking site. Cook said that Apple believes that privacy is a “civil liberty” and a basic “human right.”
The Apple boss said, “The truth is we could make a ton of money if we monetized our customer, if our customer was our product. We’ve elected not to do that.”
Then on Monday Zuckerberg reacted to Cook’s comment and Apple’s infamously pricey products, saying that the goal of Facebook is “to build a service which is not just serving rich people.” He said, “I think it’s important that we don’t get all 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 Post reports, “Cook isn’t the only Silicon Valley heavyweight to take a swipe at Zuckerberg of late. Facebook pages for Tesla and SpaceX disappeared two weeks ago after CEO Elon Musk got dared to delete them on Twitter. Musk claimed he ‘didn’t realize’ SpaceX even had a Facebook page, saying he had ‘literally never seen it even once.’ Facebook shares dipped 2.8 percent on Monday, closing at $155.39.”
By Rachel Shapiro