The apparent trigger for this order by Zuckerberg is to counter the criticism by Apple CEO Tim Cook. Recently who criticized the social networking firm for the
biggest data security scandal in history. In an interview, Cook took a jibe at Facebook over constant data privacy issues. He said, “We’re not going to monitor traffic in your personal life. Privacy to us is a human right. It’s a issue of civil liberty.” When the interviewer asked if what he would do if he was Mark Zuckerberg. Cook replied saying, “I wouldn’t be in this situation.”
In an interview with Recode, Facebook CEO said that he found the comments to be extremely glib. He further 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 convince you that they actually care more about you. Because that sounds ridiculous to me.”
Later Facebook employees were asked to use Android devices over iOS. It is not clear whether Cook’s aggressive comments provoked Zuckerberg to issue this Android-only order. In response to a New York Times article, Facebook spokesperson said. “We’ve long encouraged our employees and executives to use Android because it is the most popular operating system in the world.”
American tech workers are anyhow heavy users of iPhones over Android. According to NYT, Facebook promoted negative stories about Apple on news site called NTK Network. While Apple is not a direct competition to Facebook, this latest order by Zuckerberg seems to be fueled by the criticism meted out by Tim Cook.