Published: Fri, November 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Facebook Admits It ‘Encourages’ Employees to Use Android Smartphones, Not iPhones

Facebook Admits It ‘Encourages’ Employees to Use Android Smartphones, Not iPhones

"This type of firm might be normal in Washington but it is not the kind of thing I want Facebook associated with". Specifically, Cook said Apple was "not going to traffic in your personal life", and that to Apple privacy is a "human right" and a "civil liberty".

"As you know, there is a concerted right-wing effort the world over to demonize Mr. Soros and his foundations, which I lead-an effort which has contributed to death threats and the delivery of a pipe bomb to Mr. Soros' home".

According to The New York Times, Zuckerberg later ordered management to use Android phones, reasoning that more Facebook users use Android phones than iPhones (i.e. they could better understand the experiences of their users).

Zuckerberg added, however, that anti-Facebook activism "was not a spontaneous grassroots effort, it was well-funded".

The Times said Facebook had amassed evidence for over a year of Russian activity through an investigation led by its former security chief, Alex Stamos.

Sandberg also wielded her high-ranking position at Facebook to personally appeal to lawmakers in Washington and state attorneys general, the report said, in the hope of curtailing regulations and investigations targeting the social network.

Facebook misled the public about its knowledge of Russian hackers' use of the powerful platform to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a New York Times investigation reported Thursday.

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While the Times noted that Soros was a favorite bete noire of anti-Semites, it did not characterize the actions of Facebook or Definers as anti-Semitic.

The body will take some important content monitoring decisions out of the hands of Facebook.

"But to suggest we weren't interested in knowing the truth, or that we wanted to hide what we knew is simply untrue", Zuckerberg said at the beginning of the call, which was originally meant to tout the company's progress cracking down on fake accounts, hate speech, terrorist propaganda, bullying and child pornography.

On Russia, Zuckerberg declared in the fall of 2016 that it was "crazy" to think Facebook had been used to help Donald Trump win the United States presidency, but the report said in-house experts knew this not to be the case.

The Times said that when criticism of its belated Russian Federation admission grew, Facebook mounted a lobbying campaign led by Sandberg, pushing negative stories about its political critics and making rival companies like Google and Apple look bad.

In the letter to Sandberg, Patrick Gaspard, president of Soros' nonprofit Open Society Foundations, accuses Facebook of promoting "distortions" about Soros. At Facebook's behest, Definers Public Affairs distributed to reporters a research report that accused Soros of quietly backing anti-Facebook groups and urged them to dig into the alleged financial connections between those groups and the businessman, The Times reported. Per the NYT, that came in response to comments Cook make slamming Facebook in an MSNBC interview earlier this year in the wake of revelations that Cambridge Analytica improperly obtained info on millions of Facebook users.

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