As many of you know or may have guessed, the relationship between Apple it's the Facebook Not exactly the friendliest. In addition to market disparities, the American giants also advocate different working methods, especially regarding the privacy of their consumers' data.
So much so that earlier this year Apple removed Facebook's business certificate following the explosion of a scandal involving a data collection app that was offered to social network users unbeknownst to Ma. Opportunities, executives from both companies poke each other implicitly.
That's exactly what happened to Facebook's newly hired global affairs director, Nick clegg, who decided, say, to speak some truths during an event held yesterday in Berlin (Germany) as reported by the Business insider.
In reflecting on Facebook's advertising-funded business model (meaning it's free and available to everyone with an internet connection), Clegg compared the social network to other tech companies, describing Apple completely without even citing her name.
Facebook is free and for everyone. Some other big tech companies make money selling expensive hardware or subscription services, or in some cases both, to consumers in developed and richer economies. They are an “exclusive club” available only to aspiring consumers with the means to purchase high value hardware and services.
The executive spoke no lies: in fact, Apple is a company that makes expensive devices for a particular audience. However, was this speech also intended to exempt Facebook from its responsibility for the privacy of its users? The question remains.
Clegg's stance pokes Apple a week after Cupertino giant CEO Tim Cook gave a speech during the graduation ceremony of Stanford undergraduates, in which he attacked the "chaos factory" created by social media companies.
It sounds a little crazy that anyone has to say that, but if you built a chaos factory, you can't shirk the responsibility for it.
As we said, for the sake of the “good neighbor policy” neither Apple nor Facebook executives cite the names of the companies in their speech, but even within the technology world, the small world. We'll see if Apple responds to Facebook with another barbed one.