Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, and Tim Cook, CEO of Apple have been adversaries for a long time now. The feud between the tech giants has been going on since at least 2014 when Cook was critical of Facebook’s business model. In an interview with Charlie Rose, Cook mentioned that everyone should question how companies make their money. He also mentioned that if companies make money by collecting the personal data of users, it should be a cause for concern. Zuckerberg, in a frustrated response, accused Apple of making its products extremely expensive.
Barbs have been exchanged on a range of topics since then. The rivalry was even confirmed by Facebook in a blog back in 2018.
The long-standing feud between Cook and Zuckerberg seems to be continuing with no signs of a truce. Earlier, Zuckerberg, in front of 50,000 employees, spoke about Apple’s policies for its app store. According to Zuckerberg, the App Store blocks competition, innovation, and enables Apple to charge monopoly rents. Using words like a stranglehold, he mentioned that Apple works as a gatekeeper and decides which apps can get in. In response to an employee question about Apple’s policies regarding gaming apps, Zuckerberg stated that it’s an innovation that could bring about a change in lives but is being balked at by Apple.
More recently, Zuckerberg appeared irritated during an interview with Axios. He mentioned in his interview, that the App Store deserves scrutiny. Zuckerberg was also asked if he believed that Apple was a monopoly. He replied that people should start looking into control of the store.
Zuckerberg also compared Apple to Google by pointing out the difference of approach with regards to Android. Zuckerberg pointed out that Android users have the choice of side loading apps from other sites or sources if they wish. This option is apart from downloading from Google Play Store. This means, a developer, if not on Play Store, still gets a chance to get his or her app on peoples’ phones. He also mentioned that this means that a developer does not get shut out if he or she is creating something Google does not like. Zuckerberg stressed that this is important as people should have a way to create something and ensure that it reaches users’ devices.
Google allows users to load apps from Play Store as well as other sources. This gives freedom and flexibility to users as well as app developers. This allows developers to distribute their app to users without the compulsion of publishing on Google Play Store.
Zuckerberg was also asked if regulators should examine Apple App Store policies, he replied that he is not the person to answer. He also mentioned that certain aspects of App Store behavior raise questions and deserve scrutiny.
Facebook was earlier asked by Apple to remove a message that was posted on its online events feature. Facebook had informed its users on this feature about Apple demanding 30 percent from its developers to list an app on the App Store.