Facebook Lashes out at Apple's Never Ending Sarcasm that Social Media Companies don't Protect a user's Privacy
On June 17, Patently Apple posted a report titled "Tim Cook told Stanford Graduates Sunday: "If you Built a Chaos Factory, you can’t Dodge Responsibility for the Chaos." Tim Cook warned Stanford graduates in a commencement speech that Silicon Valley companies need to take responsibility for the 'chaos' that they create. He further stated in his speech that "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 out national conversation…"
Weeks earlier at Apple's WWDC 2019 keynote Apple's SVP Software Craig Federighi took a swipe at Facebook and Google for their "login buttons." Before introducing Apple's new 'Sign In with Apple' button to developers, Federighi stated "We've all seen Buttons like this (slide below), asking us to use a social account login 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 carefully crafted their slide to emphasize the types of information at risk using the Sign In with Facebook and Google buttons as noted in the slide below.
We knew that Facebook would retaliate against Apple's attack on their business model and did so yesterday.
Nick Clegg, Facebook's head of global affairs and a top lieutenant to CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated that "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."
This is an important message for Facebook to lash out with as Presidential candidates and law makers are talking about breaking up Facebook because of a sea of scandals, including data breaches, harmful content, and being used to meddle in democracy.
Facebook needs to get their message out their they're a force for good with the masses, even though they're the only ones who believe in their own propaganda.
You could read more about this over at Business Insider.
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