FACEBOOK admitted that it encourages its employees to use Android phones instead of iPhones, after a New York Times investigation has revealed that it has banned its management team from using Apple smartphones.
Surely, the ban was in response to the criticisms of Apple's chief webmaster Tim Cook, while the investigation also stated that Facebook was behind a failure campaign aimed at discrediting Apple and other rivals.
Back in April, an interview with Tim Cook was transmitted in which CEO Apple said: "We could make money if we monetize our customers, if our customers were our product. We chose not to do it […] We will not cross the traffic in your personal life. Privacy for us is a human right, a civil freedom. "
His comments were a clear van on Facebook, which for months has been involved in a variety of scandals related to privacy, data collection, security and false news.
Well, CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, apparently did not readily take such criticisms, because a New York Times investigation reported that it took private retaliation by ordering its executives and managers using only devices with Android.
And in its official response to this investigation, Facebook acknowledged that it encourages its employees to use smartphones with Android.
"Tim Cook has constantly criticized our business model and Mark was equally clear that he disagrees," said the Facebook press release.
"And for a long time, we encourage our employees and executives to use Android because it is the most popular operating system in the world."
Such admission comes in the midst of revelations that Facebook responded to the scandals and criticisms it faced over the past two years by launching an aggressive lobbying campaign.
According to New York Times, Facebook hired Definers Public Affairs – a Washington based PR consultancy – to lobby on its behalf and to retrieve its critics.
Definers is a subsidiary of NTK Network, a news website that has published "dozens of articles" that criticized Tim Cook, as well as criticizing the biggest rival of Facebook, Google.
A private article criticized Cook for being hypocritical in his criticism of Facebook's privacy record, arguing that Apple also collects data from users.
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Responding to these allegations, Facebook denied that it never directed Definers Public Affairs to write news so that criticisms were synthesized.
"[W]And I wanted to address the problem of Definers, that we ended our contract last night. The New York Times is incorrect to suggest that we sometimes ask Definers to pay or write articles on Facebook's behalf or to spread the wrong information. "
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