Mark Zuckerberg Dismisses Tim Cook's View on Ad-Supported Companies as 'Ridiculous'

Mark Zuckerberg Dismisses Tim Cook's View on Ad-Supported Companies as 'Ridiculous'

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Mark Zuckerberg has spoken out about Apple CEO Tim Cook recent comments on ad-supported businesses, calling them 'ridiculous'.

In an interview with Charlie Rose, Cook offered his thoughts on privacy suggesting that users are ad-supported companies' product and that customers should be worried about that.

"We've taken a very different view of this than a lot of other companies have. Our view is when we design a new service we try not to collect data. So, we're not reading your email. We're not reading your iMessage. If the government laid a subpoena on us to get your iMessages, we can't provide it. It's encrypted and we don't have a key. It's sort of the door is closed. Our business Charlie is based on selling these. Our business is not based on having information about you. You're not our product. Our products are these, and this watch, and Macs and so forth. So, we run a very different company. I think everyone has to ask, how do companies make their money. Follow the money and if they're making money mainly by collecting gobs of personal data I think you have a right to be worried and you should really understand what's happening to that data."

In an interview with TIME, Zuckerberg spoke out against that line of thought.

Zuckerberg also notes—and it was the only time I saw him display irritation—that Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote something similar in September in a statement spelling out Apple’s privacy policy: “When an online service is free, you’re not the customer. You’re the product.” The shot was probably meant for Google, but Facebook was definitely in the blast radius.

“A frustration I have is that a lot of people increasingly seem to equate an advertising business model with somehow being out of alignment with your customers,” Zuckerberg says. “I think it’s the most ridiculous concept. What, you think because you’re paying Apple that you’re somehow in alignment with them? If you were in alignment with them, then they’d make their products a lot cheaper!”

You can find the full interview at the link below. The story originally appeared in the Dec. 15 issue of TIME.

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Mark Zuckerberg Dismisses Tim Cook's View on Ad-Supported Companies as 'Ridiculous'

matrixXx - December 8, 2014 at 9:12am
Ok, Tim is gay and Mark isn't... But Mark is ridiculous and Tim isn't...
matrixXx - December 8, 2014 at 1:41pm
... Unfortunately both are rich and i'm not :-(
Bob - December 8, 2014 at 7:22am
Cook is absolutely 100% correct. Facebook and Google make money by collating your data and then selling it to marketing companies. Each to me you 'Like' something you just gave a whole bunch of companies some more info on how to best target you with spam emails. The bizarre thing is this is all in their t's & c's which any user has agreed to. Hats off to Apple for challenging this and standing up to the government.
daMacNut - December 6, 2014 at 6:41pm
Zuckerberg is ALL about the GREED. Granted he has built an empire that few others have achieved, but at the end of the day, he's a human just like the rest of us, and eventually Mother Time is going to catch up with him and he'll be crossing the "rainbow bridge" to the beyond (heaven for your Christians). So instead of criticizing others, why doesn't he do MORE GOOD with what assets he has - and make a GOOD name for himself, instead of that GREEDY one he appears to be?
TechnoGeek - December 6, 2014 at 1:03pm
ZuckenDick needs to get a life! Nobody wants to buy a property so that another persons advertises at will. If I want to buy a phone, I don't want to see any damn advertisement or blot ware without having a choice. Android users may not care but certainly Apple users do. I own it so let me make a choice.
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