The cold war between Apple and Facebook has seen many attacks and retaliation; until now, Apple has unleashed sarcastic remarks on Facebook, diminishing social media giant’s role in protecting users’ data. However, Facebook can’t keep mum anymore as it has retaliated.
In October last year, Facebook hired Nick Clegg, former deputy minister of Britain; Nick leads Facebook’s global affairs. The top lieutenant to Mark Zuckerberg has come up with his answer to Apple’s remarks.
Nick Clegg Says “Facebook is free – it’s for everyone”
Since the episode of Cambridge Analytica occurred in March 2018, both companies have been at cross swords with each other. During his speech at Stanford University, Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke about data breaches and privacy violations.
Without taking names of Facebook and Google, Cook said, “If you built a Chaos Factory, you can’t dodge responsibility for Chaos.”
Further, in his speech, Cook stated, “Lately it seems this industry is becoming better known for a less noble innovation – the belief you can claim credit without accepting responsibility. We see it every day now with every data breach, every privacy violation, every blind eye turned to hate speech, fake news poisoning our national conversation…”
In another instance during WWDC 2019, Apple’s software head Craig Federighi made a jibe at Facebook and Google for login buttons. Notably, Apple introduced one of the best security features’ Sign In With Apple’ button to developers.
Federighi had said, “We’ve all seen Buttons like this (slide below), asking us to use a social account log in to get a more personalized experience with an app. Now, this can be convenient, but it also could come at the cost of your privacy. Your personal information sometimes gets shared behind the scenes, and these logins can be used to track you.”
Apple highlighted the risks involved when a user unwittingly presses one of the buttons: Sign in with Facebook or Sign in with Google.
To fend off Apple’s accusations, Nick Clegg said, “Facebook is free — it’s for everyone,” he said. “Some other big tech companies make their money by selling expensive hardware or subscription services, or in some cases both, to consumers in developed, wealthier economies. They are an exclusive club, available only to aspirant consumers with the means to buy high-value hardware and services.”
Facebook clearly hints at Apple’s pricey iPhone, which costs $1000. Moreover, Apple also sells its services like music, iCloud, news, and TV.
Clegg further added, “There’s no exclusivity at Facebook. No VIP access. No business class.” “Our services are as accessible to students in Guatemala, cattle farmers in the Midwest United States, office workers in Mumbai, tech startups in Nairobi, or taxi drivers in Berlin. More than 2 billion people use our platforms — because they can.”
That’s all folks!
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