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Facebook Admits Staff Are Urged To Use Androids, But Denies It's Due To Feud With Apple's Tim Cook

Claire Reid

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Facebook Admits Staff Are Urged To Use Androids, But Denies It's Due To Feud With Apple's Tim Cook

Facebook has admitted that its staff are told to use Android phones rather than Apple.

According to a report in the New York Times, Mark Zuckerberg and Apple CEO Tim Cook have a bit of a long-standing feud going on and that the Facebook-founder and now asks that his staff use Android phones.

Zuckerberg was said to be left fuming with Cook after he publicly criticised companies that monetise customers' data. As a result of his words, Zuckerberg reportedly urged his team to only use Android phones.

However, Facebook has since released a statement in which it says that while staff at the firm are encouraged to use Android phones, it wasn't anything to do with what Cook had previously said and was just a tech decision.

In a post about the reports, the company said it didn't use Apple simply because it wasn't the biggest operating system out there and therefore the company 'encouraged our employees and executives to use Android because it is the most popular operating system in the world'.

The post also stated: "Tim Cook has consistently criticised our business model and Mark has been equally clear he disagrees.

"So there's been no need to employee anyone else to do this for us."

Which all sounds fair enough, I guess.

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Speaking about Cooks views, Zuckerberg said they were 'extremely glib' and added: "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."

Android is the biggest operating system in loads of places outside the US, including Europe, Russia and South Asia, so the decision to have staff using it makes sense from a business perspective.

Other big tech companies, such as Snap, also reportedly urge staff to use Android models as in the US the Apple iOS is dominate, so tech-workers can have a bit of an 'Android blind-spot'.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Facebook, Technology, Apple

Claire Reid
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