Facebook’s chief executive, has defended his leadership following criticism of its counterpart at the Apple.
Mark Zuckerberg said it was “extremely simple” to suggest that because the public does not have to pay to use Facebook that he does not care.
Last week, Apple’s Tim Cook said that it was an “invasion of privacy” for the user traffic to the personal life.
And when asked what he would do if he was Mr. Zuckerberg, and Mr. Cook responded: “I wouldn’t be in this situation.”
Facebook has faced intense criticism after it emerged that she had known for years that Cambridge Analytica has collected data from approximately 50 million of its users, but it had relied on the consultation policy to self-certify that he had deleted the information.
Channel 4 News has since reported that at least some of the data in question are still in circulation in spite of Cambridge Analytica insisting on the fact that he had destroyed the material.
Mr Zuckerberg was asked about Mr Cook’s comments during a lengthy interview at the news site Vox on the privacy scandal.
He also acknowledged that Facebook was not transparent enough about the choices he had made, and floated the idea of an independent committee to be able to replace some of its decisions.Of “serious”
Mr. Cook has spoken in public twice since Facebook’s data-mining controversy began.
On 23 March, he took part in the Forum for the Development of China in Beijing.
“I think that this situation is so serious and has become so large that some probably well-designed regulation is necessary,” news agency Bloomberg quoted as saying, in response to a question on the social network of problems.
“The ability of a person to know what you have been browsing for years, who are your contacts, who their contacts are, the things you like and don’t like, and every intimate detail of your life, from my point of view, it should not exist.”
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Then, in an interview with MSNBC, and Recode the 28 March, Mr Cook said: “I think that the best regulation is no regulation, is self-regulation. However, I think we’re beyond that here.”
In the course of this second aspect, which still remains to be broadcast in full he added: “We could make a ton of money if we monetized our customer, if our customer has been our product. We have chosen not to do so… privacy for us, it is a human right.”
Apple makes most of its profits from selling smartphones, tablets and other computers, as well as associated services, such as online storage and various media shops.
This is in contrast with other high technology companies whose profits are largely derived from advertising, including Google, Twitter and Facebook.
Mr Zuckerberg told CNN that he was “open” to new regulations.
But it has defended its business model questioned about Mr. Cook, in his opinion, although he mentions neither Apple, nor its leader by name.
“I find this argument, that if you don’t pay that somewhere, we can’t care about you, to be very simple and not at all aligned with the truth,” he said.
“The reality is that if you want to build a service that allows you to connect everyone in the world, so there’s a lot of people who can’t afford to pay.”
He added: “I think it’s important that we don’t all get Stockholm syndrome and let the companies that work hard to charge you more to convince you that they care more about you, because it seems ridiculous to me.”
Mr. Zuckerberg also defended his leadership, citing Amazon’s chief executive.
“I make all our decisions based on what will to the attention of our community and focus much less on the advertising of the business,” he said.
“I thought that Jeff Bezos had an excellent saying: “there are companies that work hard to charge you more, and there are companies that work hard to charge you less.”‘Turned into a beast
Elsewhere in the 49 minutes of the interview, Mr. Zuckerberg said he hoped to make Facebook more “democratic”, giving the opportunity for members to challenge the decisions of his own review team had made about what content to allow or to prohibit.
Finally, he said, he wanted something like the “Supreme Court”, in which people who do not have work for the company who makes the ultimate call on what is acceptable speech.
Mr. Zuckerberg has also responded to recent criticism of the UN investigation on allegations of genocide against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
Last month, a human rights investigators said Facebook had “turned into a beast” and had “played an instrumental role” in stirring up hatred against the group.
Mr. Zuckerberg claimed the messages were sent “to each side of the conflict” via Facebook Messenger, try to make them go to the same places to fight.
But he added that the firm had now put systems in place to detect such an activity.
“We want to stop these messages,” he added.
“But this is certainly something that we pay a lot of attention.”