Tim Cook takes a jibe at Facebook over Cambridge Analytica scandal, Mark Zuckerberg ‘bans’ iPhones for his employees

In a massive controversy which broke out in April this year, Facebook had stated that the personal data of nearly 87 million users may have been ‘improperly shared’ with Cambridge Analytica

Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly ordered his employees not to use iPhones, instead to use only Android smartphones.

What prompted this bizarre decision was when Apple CEO Tim Cook in an interview with MSNBC subtly criticized Facebook  for being a service that traffics “in your personal life.”

Cook was asked that what he would do if he were in Zuckerberg’s shoes dealing with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal. He dismissed the question by saying, “I wouldn’t be in this situation.”

- Advertisement - - Article resumes -

Zuckerberg soon after retorted in an interview with Recode that he found Cook’s comments to be “extremely glib.”

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

Facebook’s offence 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.

In a massive controversy which broke out in April this year, the social media giant, Facebook had stated that the personal data of nearly 87 million users may have been ‘improperly shared’ with political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had accepted the blame for the data breach.

Cambridge Analytica, a UK based firm with which the data was allegedly shared, had also been amidst a large global scandal. News broke that it had used millions of Facebook users’ personal information for targeted political campaigns. CA had managed US President Donald Trump’s campaign.

In India, Indian National Congress was also reportedly one of its clients. The Congress party had been in a denial mode over its alleged hiring of CA and the allegations of using voter’s personal data to expose social and demographical fault lines to strategise its poll campaign. But several shreds of evidence had emerged showing that it had been in business with the firm.

Prominent Congress supporter turned rebel, Shehzad Poonawalla had also revealed what he claimed was a pitch made by Cambridge Analytica to the Congress party for bagging it as one of its clients.

While Chris Wylie, former director of research at CA had laid bare the data breach scandal and had even named Congress in an affirmation before British lawmakers, a video of Jamie Bartlett, journalist and author, interviewing Cambridge Analytica’s CEO, Alexander Nix had also surfaced. OpIndia got in touch with the author to understand the specifics of the controversy.

Failing to protect user data, Facebook was severely criticised worldwide. The Government of India has sent a notice to Facebook to provide details on the data of Indian users leaked to CA and whether the data might have been used to manipulate the electoral process.

In May, however, Cambridge Analytica had shut down its operations along with its parent company SCL Elections Ltd with immediate effect.

Share and Support:
Support OpIndia by paying for content

Most read articles recently

Statue of all ironies: Pritish Nandy uses example of fake news to spread fake news

Pritish Nandy shared a fake image which was earlier shared by Youth Congress leader

2018 Assembly Elections: Here are the BJP internal survey numbers

The final results of all states are to be released on 11th December.

Arnab Goswami asked to appear before Court in defamation suit filed by Shashi Tharoor

Arnab Goswami has been attracting threats from Congress leaders and those associated with them, especially, Shashi Tharoor
anti-modi cop denied bail

Court cites disgraced cop Sanjiv Bhatt’s criminal past, behaviour and false statements, denies bail

Sanjiv Bhatt is accused of being the mastermind behind the entire operation of kidnapping the lawyer and plating the narcotics that implicated the Rajasthan based lawyer. 

West Bengal: TMC workers ‘purify’ the ground with Gangajal and cow dung after BJP holds a rally in Cooch Behar

TMC workers sprinkled Gangajal after applying cow dung on the ground where the rally was held.

Exclusive story of Christian Michel’s extradition and how the grand plan was implemented by CBI and Ajit Doval

CBI and other sources have revealed some startling details of the entire saga of how the plan unfolded and how, the unthinkable was achieved to extradite a man who possibly holds several secrets, Christian Michel, with Ajit Doval at the centre of it

25 Lakh fake beneficiaries found in Anganwadis of UP, Maharashtra and Assam

The Ministry of Women and Child Development had ordered the survey of Anganwadi Schemes after the crackdown of Assam government on ghost beneficiaries.

As Vinod Dua finds another job, The Wire says he continues to be their consulting editor despite sexual harassment accusations

Another woman had accused Vinod Dua of sexual harassment as well, however, after these multiple allegations, The Wire's internal committee report, if there was one, was never made public.

Uttar Pradesh: Samajwadi party leader detained after being caught on camera assaulting BJP spokesperson

Political leaders who are the so-called representatives of our country have often been seen indulging in such pettiness

Raghuram Rajan backed yet-to-be functional Krea University among 19 new institutes to get ‘Institute of Eminence’ tag

The earlier list which featured yet-to-be-functional Jio Institute was announced, the HRD ministry was mercilessly mocked

Latest articles

Connect with us


Don't miss these