Published: Tue, April 03, 2018

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg hits back at 'extremely glib' Tim Cook criticisms

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg hits back at 'extremely glib' Tim Cook criticisms

Calling the Apple CEO's comment "extremely glib", Zuckerberg pointed out that since everyone cannot afford to pay for a service like Facebook, an ad-supported model is the only way to make sure that anyone who wants to be connected can sign up to join the social network.

Facebook's CEO told Vox's Ezra Klein that Cook's take on the data-sharing scandal involving political data-analytics firm Cambridge Analytica is "extremely glib". Further, according to Cook, privacy is a human right, and he said that Facebook should not collect as much user data as it does now.

"I don't think at all that that means that we don't care about people", Zuckerberg said. "And not at all aligned with the truth", said Zuckerberg. "Because that sounds ridiculous to me". Facebook will likely need "a few years" to fix the problems uncovered by the revelations on the hijacking of private user data, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in an interview released today.

Mounting issues such as fake news, electoral interference, privacy violations and a greater backlash against smartphone addiction in users, particularly among young people, has pressured the Silicon Valley firm and caused a great deal of uncertainty regarding its future as leader in the media space. Called The Ugly, the memo notes that "the ugly truth is that we believe in connecting people so deeply that anything that allows us to connect more people is *de facto* good", wrote Andrew "Boz" Bosworth, adding that these same tools have a effect, "Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated with our tools". Law and IT Minster Ravi Shankar Prasad had previously warned social media giant Facebook of "stringent" action for any attempt to influence polls through data theft and had even threatened to summon its CEO Mark Zuckerberg, if needed. 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.

Zuckerberg has been humbled in recent weeks after his company became embroiled in a scandal surrounding protection of user data.

To prove how fast Facebook changes its version of the truth, let's also remember back when Zuckerberg candidly said that fake news on Facebook influencing the outcome of the USA election was a "pretty insane idea".

Donald Trump's victory "really made me think about the effect that Cambridge Analatyca had on the election campaign", Wilye told CBC's The National. He says: "We could make a ton of money if we monetized our customers". In another exchange, Swisher asked Cook what would he do if he were in Zuckerberg's situation. "We've elected not to do that".

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