It has now been few weeks since the news about Facebook data leak broke out and the company since then has found itself in the center of controversies.
While Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his team are trying to fix their now tarnished reputation, Zuckerberg has become a soft target for many, and even well-known names are criticising him for what happened.
One such known person to take a pot-shot at Zuckerberg is Apple CEO Tim Cook, who recently compared Facebook’s business model to that of Apple.
Taking a jibe at Zuckerberg, Cook 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.”
While there are many others who had taken an aim at Zuckerberg before this, this particular statement didn’t go down well with him and he decided to respond back.
During a recent interview, Zuckerberg replied to Cook’s jibe and said it was “extremely glib (shallow)” of him and added:
“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 further added that Facebook remains free to use because they focus on connecting people and as many people can’t afford to pay them, therefore, have an advertising supported model.
He further added:
“Having an advertising-supported model is the only rational model that can support building this service to reach people. If you want to build a service which is not just serving rich people, then you need to have something that people can afford.”
Then setting the matter straight, Zuckerberg said:
“At Facebook, we are squarely in the camp of the companies that work hard to charge you less and provide a free service that everyone can use. I don’t think at all that that means that we don’t care about people. To the contrary, 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.”
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