Mark Zuckerberg Calls Tim Cook's Facebook Criticism Extremely Glib'

CEO Zuckerberg speaks in San Jose

New York Magazine revealed last week that archives of user information downloaded from Facebook contained drafts of videos that were recorded but never posted or published by the user, raising questions about the company's practices. The Apple CEO also attacked Facebook's advertising business model and called for increased regulation of social media.

Speaking with Vox journalist Ezra Klein, Zuckerberg was confronted with Cook's statement (specifically, that Apple sells products to users, rather than selling users' information to advertisers) and was quick to dismiss the notion.

Today the next shot was sacked in the war of words pitting Mark Zuckerberg vs Tim Cook.

"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". You've done the hard work, now it's time to let other people deal with the innovation and actual tech-y stuff while you sit back and watch the millions roll in. Facebook may have grand plans for connecting the world in some sort of online harmony, but the Cambridge Analytica scandal (among others) proves that as good-natured as that plan may be, it is also unsafe.

Last month, news emerged that 50 million Facebook users had their personal details transferred to a United Kingdom political consultancy called Cambridge Analytica without their consent, sparking a firestorm of criticism against the social media giant.

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Facebook, Zuckerberg said, is firmly in the affordability camp. They've butted heads over this fundamental difference before, with Zuckerberg telling Time magazine in December 2014, "A frustration I have is that a lot of people increasingly seem to equate an advertising business model with somehow being out of alignment with your customers".

The company has faced controversy in recent months over data privacy, reports of the platform being used for Russian propaganda, and misinformation related to ethnic cleansing in Myanmar.

The warning had come as the BJP launched a scathing attack on the Congress, questioning the party on its relation with Cambridge Analytica, the data mining firm accused of harvesting personal user data from Facebook illegally to influence polls in several countries. Zuckerberg's net worth has also taken a hit and is down more than $10 billion, notes The Daily Mail. The platform is even facing a #DeleteFacebook protest. The CEOs have engaged in a war of words over privacy issues before.

"Was there any profiling done on the basis of such data?", the ministry had sought to know from the company. "The truth is, we could make a ton of money if we monetized our customer", Cook said, "if our customer was our product".

At the time, Zuckerberg responded by saying that Apple-like companies are not in "alignment" with the best interests of customers.

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