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Mark Zuckerberg orders Facebook employees to give up iPhone and use Android, reason will surprise you

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Mark Zuckerberg orders Facebook employees to give up iPhone and use Android, reason will surprise you

Facebook also promoted negative articles about Apple on a conservative news site called the NTK Network

A vast majority of the Facebook staffers don't use Apple iPhones running on iOS. Instead they now use Android smartphones. It's not that there is something wrong with the iPhones or that they don't like the device, it's simply because they have been ordered not to use the Apple phone. And the order apparently came directly from the top.

Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly ordered his employees to use only Android smartphones. What prompted this bizarre decision was a comment by Apple CEO Tim Cook, in which he took a subtle jibe at the social media company for being in the middle of the biggest data security scandal in history, the Cambridge Analytica controversy.

Cook, in an MSNBC interview, subtly criticised Facebook over data privacy, "We're not going to traffic in your personal life," Cook said in the interview adding, "Privacy to us is a human right. It's a civil liberty." Then again, when Recode's Kara Swisher asked Cook what would he do if he was Mark Zuckerberg, Cook replied, "I wouldn't be in this situation."

According to a report by the New York Times that gives a detailed account of what went inside Facebook following the Russian interference and the company's subsequent handling of the Cambridge Analytica controversy, Cook's comments angered Zuckerberg. He later ordered his management to only use Android phones, arguing that the mobile operating system had a wider user base compared with Apple's.

Notably, not only did Zuckerberg pass an order banning the iPhones from Facebook, but he also responded to Cook's comment saying that he found them to be "extremely glib".

"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," the Facebook founder told Vox in an interview.

Soon after, Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg in an interview with Recode said that she "respectfully disagrees" with Cook's critique.

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However, Facebook's offense against Apple didn't stop right there. According to NYT, the company also promoted negative articles about Apple on a conservative news site called the NTK Network. Tim Millers told NYT that while Apple wasn't a direct competitor to Facebook, the social media platform's acts were fueled by the company's criticism of the platform.