Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly told his management team to only use Android smartphones, considering that the operating system has more users than iOS.
According to a report in The New York Times, Facebook CEO ordered this only after Apple CEO Tim Cook criticized the social networking giant in an interview with MSNBC. To recall, Cook had said the Facebook is a service that traffics “in your personal life.”
In March, Apple CEO Tim Cook was also questioned about how he would deal with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal had he been in Mark Zuckerberg’s place. Cook simply dismissed the question by saying, “I wouldn’t be in this situation.”
Zuckerberg did not ignore what Cook said and in an interview with Recode, he said that said that comments made by Apple CEO were “extremely glib”. He went on to say, “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.”
However, till now there is no clarity on whether the decision for Facebook employees to use on Android smartphones came after Cook’s comments or if it’s a rule that existed earlier. But considering that Android is the most dominant operating system in a number of regions including South America, Europe, Russia, South Asia, and parts of the Middle East, it does sound like a reasonable business decision. Also, Facebook is not the only company which follows this. Even Snap strongly encourages its employees to use Android smartphones instead of iPhones.
Android and iOS are two very different operating systems and one needs to work differently in order to make apps for two. The reason why tech workers are asked to use Android is because companies want to focus on the operating system that is most used in the world.
However, it is possible that Facebook employees have switched to Android smartphones for work and those who have a preference for iOS devices are continuing to use iPhones in personal lives.