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Zuckerberg reportedly told Facebook execs to use Android, not Apple, phones – CNET

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

James Martin

It looks like Mark Zuckerberg can hold a grudge.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

James Martin

It looks like Mark Zuckerberg can hold a grudge.

The Facebook CEO reportedly ordered his management team to start using only Android phones after Apple CEO Tim Cook made public comments about the social media company's Cambridge Analytica data scandal, according to The New York Times.

"We're not going to traffic in your personal life," Cook said, referencing the scandal in an MSNBC interview. "Privacy to us is a human right. It's a civil liberty."

After these remarks, the Times reports that Zuckerberg told Facebook executives to use only Android phones because that operating system has higher usage worldwide than Apple's iPhone OS. It's not clear if Zuckerberg's management team did switch to Android phones. Facebook didn't immediately respond to request for comment.

Facebook came under scrutiny for its privacy practices after The Guardian and The New York Times published accounts of how Cambridge Analytica, a digital consultancy hired by the Trump presidential campaign, improperly mined personal details from 87 million Facebook users without their permission.

Apple, on the other hand, has continually said it's a big proponent of user privacy. Cook has even warned, in multiple interviews, about the dangers of social media and other free online services. In the MSNBC interview, Cook said his company purposely chose privacy over profit by refusing to sell customer data.

"The truth is, we could make a ton of money if we monetized our customer — if our customer was our product," Cook said. "We've elected not to do that."

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