A recent report from The New York Times suggests that Mark Zuckerberg made Facebook execs switch from iPhone to Android out of spite — a claim that the company has denied, along with other allegations.
The report by The Times documents how Facebook leadership mishandled multiple crises over the last two years. The report claims Facebook knew about Russian interference as early as spring 2016. But Facebook downplayed it, saying it was closer to November, reiterating that it was “too slow” to take action on the issue and that it never discouraged any internal investigations.
The report also suggests that Zuckerberg ordered execs to ditch iPhone for Android after Apple CEO Tim Cook seemed to call out FB over privacy breaches. But Facebook said it has always recommended employees use Android because it’s “the most popular operating system in the world.”
Lastly, Facebook said it ended its contract with a conservative political PR company immediately after The New York Times story was published. Definers PR allegedly created deceptive news posts on behalf of FB. But during a call with media on Nov 15, in which NowThis was present, Zuckerberg said he wasn’t aware the relationship existed until the report was published.
Zuckerberg didn’t directly answer if anyone will be fired over the report.