Mark Zuckerberg Fires Back at Tim Cook Over Facebook Criticism


In a recent interview with MSNBC, Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke out on privacy and criticized Facebook amid the ongoing scandal around the social network’s data practices. Today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has fired back at Cook on Vox’s latest “The Ezra Klein Show” podcast, calling his comments ‘extremely glib’, Business Insider is reporting.


During his interview last week, Cook remarked that “privacy to us is a human right” and a “civil liberty” and that ultimately, because Facebook is a free service, the users become the products that are then sold to advertisers. Zuckerberg has today dismissed Cook’s ideas about Facebook while questioning how a company like Apple, which does charge its users, could argue that it cared about its customers.

“You know, I find that argument, that if you’re not paying that somehow we can’t care about you, to be extremely glib,” Zuckerberg said. “And not at all aligned with the truth.”

“If you want to build a service which is not just serving rich people, then you need to have something people can afford,” Zuckerberg said.

“I think it’s important that we don’t all get Stockholm syndrome, and let the companies that work hard to charge you more, convince you that they actually care more about you,” he said. “Because that sounds ridiculous to me.”

You can listen to Zuckerberg’s full interview at this link.


  • Olley

    I’d like to see apple pulls Facebook apps all together.

  • Joe

    That’s a pretty silly response by Mark. Facebook treats its users like a product and their advertisers as customers, whereas Apple treats their products like a product and their users as customers.

  • NOHoldsBar

    FB doesn’t care about anyone except themselves and scraping one’s personal data, even if they would become a paid service. Z didn’t have a rebuttal to Cook’s comments so he just reiterated that “water is wet”.

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    It’s just the pot calling the kettle black. And as far as Zuck saying, “If you want to build a service which is not just serving rich people, then you need to have something people can afford,” I would change it to “If you want to build a service which is not just serving rich people, then you need to start paying taxes” – because if they did, more people could afford to pay for their products.

  • Nigleet

    But water isn’t wet.

  • Duster Dashed

    Why’s everyone so hung up on user data and privacy. If everyone’s data is being utilized, then everyone is on the same boat. Your data blends in with everyone else’s. You aren’t that special, your info isn’t that important. And if you don’t like it, then don’t use FB simple as that

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  • Mamba

    We now live in a world, where people feels like everyone has to listen to their opinions; where people feels like their words actually matters on the internet; where people can hide behind their keyboards and criticize others without consequences.

    Also doesn’t help when millennials grew up being told they’re “special”. Yet all they’re really doing is just the same as everyone else – following what others are doing.

  • It’s Me

    It’s hilarious that Zuck is trying to paint himself as some egalitarian activist just fighting to provide free services to the poor masses.

    He’s a guy trying to get rich by exploiting his users. Not sure why he can’t be man enough to just admit that. I mean, it’s really genius that he was able to built a platform that is so immersive that billions of people volunteer to be tracked and mined to the point where FaceBook can be used to steer group behaviour. When you can enable others to perform behaviour modification on mass scale, that is a propagandist’s a politician’s dream. He should own up to the brilliance of that accomplishment.

    The boys from Google can step up later and showboat how they can do even more.

  • It’s Me

    Please post:
    Your full name
    your address
    phone numbers
    work name and address
    name of you children
    Schools of your kids.
    Your income within 10K
    Your sexual preferences
    Your sexual activities
    Your views on hot button political issues.
    Times and schedules of your children’s regular activities.
    Your social history for the last 12 months.
    Names, addresses and relationship of your 20 closest relatives.
    Brief bio of where you grew up and your education levels.
    Your Spouses name.

    First, your data doesn’t just “blend” unless the party collecting it is intentionally generalizing and aggregating the info. That is exactly what FB is not doing. They want very granular, very customized data sets about you. Not really sure how you arrive at your thoughts actually. You might get confused at large numbers of people, but big computers do not. You retain your individuality.

    Second, if you honestly don’t believe privacy matter, please post the above.

  • Bill___A

    Well put. I hate Facebook. The only reason I use it is I would not get information anymore that used to be passed along other ways. However, I truly wish facebook did not exist.