Zuckerberg: Apple CEO’s Facebook comments not 'aligned with the truth’

Zuckerberg: Apple CEO’s Facebook comments not 'aligned with the truth’
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Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergDemocrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff Democrats press Facebook, Twitter on misinformation efforts ahead of Georgia runoff Hillicon Valley: Facebook content moderators demand more workplace protections | Ousted cyber official blasts Giuliani press conference | Tech firms fall short on misinformation targeting Latino vote MORE in a new interview fired back at Apple CEO Tim Cook’s comments on the companies’ different business models, saying Cook's remarks are “not at all aligned with the truth.”

Vox’s Ezra Klein asked Zuckerberg what he thought of Cook’s recent comments saying that Apple is selling to users while Facebook is selling to advertisers.


“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,” Zuckerberg told Vox.

“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. And therefore, as with a lot of media, having an advertising-supported model is the only rational model that can support building this service to reach people.” 

Last week Cook commented on Facebook's ongoing privacy scandal after The New York Times reported last month that the British data firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked on President Trump's 2016 campaign, acquired the Facebook data of 50 million users without their consent. 

“We could make a ton of money if we monetized our customers. If our customers were our product,” Cook told Recode and MSNBC in a forthcoming interview.

“We care about the user experience. And we’re not going to traffic in your personal life. I think it’s an invasion of privacy. I think it’s — privacy to us is a human right. It’s a civil liberty."

The scandal has pushed lawmakers to call on Zuckerberg to testify to Congress about the privacy scandal.

Cook also told Recode and MSNBC that if he were Zuckerberg, he "wouldn't be in this situation."