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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

Zuckerberg orders Facebook execs to use Android after Cook remarks

Android’s global market share is expected to reach 84.8% by the end of 2018

Facebook chief executive and founder Mark Zuckerberg. AFP
Facebook chief executive and founder Mark Zuckerberg. AFP

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg ordered senior company executives to use Android-run smartphones over iOS-run devices following Apple CEO Tim Cook's criticism the social media platform trafficked in people's "personal life".

Mr Zuckerberg took the decision to settle old scores with Mr Cook who criticised Facebook over its failure to safeguard users’ data, the New York Times reported.

“We’re not going to traffic in your personal life...privacy to us is a human right. It’s a civil liberty,” Mr Cook had said in an interview in the midst of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal that showed the social media network was compromised and leveraged to influence the 2016 US presidential race.

Infuriated by Mr Cook’s comments, Facebook founder ordered his management team to only use Android phones — arguing that the operating system had far more users than Apple’s, according to an investigative report by the Times.

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Google’s Android dominates various markets outside the US, including Europe and the Middle East. Android’s global market share by the end of 2018 is expected to reach 84.8 per cent against iOS’ 15.1 percent, according to Massachusetts-based researcher International Data Corporation.