According to a report from The New York Times, Facebook CEO once ordered his management team to dismiss their iPhones and only use Android device, citing the reason that Android operating system has a larger user base than Apple.
The reports state that the incident took place after Apple CEO Tim Cook took numerous jabs in an MSNBC interview regarding the Cambridge Analytica Scandal. The scandal resulted in almost 1 million UK users losing their data, and the number was 87 million for worldwide users.
During the interview, Tim Cook responded to the question “what would he do if he were Mark Zuckerberg,” by saying that he wouldn’t be in the situation at all.
In a follow-up, Facebook CEO said to Vox that he finds the Apple CEO argument “extremely glib.” He further said, “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.”
While we are not sure whether Mark’s decision was a direct result of Apple CEO’s mean comments, the argument behind his decision is pretty solid. According to a subscriber share report from Statista, over 54.5 percent of U.S. smartphone subscribers use Android OS. On the other hand, Apple is only the second most popular mobile OS with a market share of 44.3 percent.