Facebook exec says Apple users are an ‘exclusive club, available only to aspirant consumers with the means to buy high-value hardware and services’
Tuesday June 25, 2019. 09:21 PM , from Mac Daily News
Jake Kanter for Business Insider:
Facebook has launched its latest strike on Apple in a war of words that has dragged on for more than 15 months.
This cold war continued on Monday when Nick Clegg, Facebook’s recently hired head of global affairs and one of CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s top lieutenants, spoke on a stage in Berlin.
“Facebook is free — it’s for everyone,” he said. “Some other big tech companies make their money by selling expensive hardware or subscription services, or in some cases both, to consumers in developed, wealthier economies. They are an exclusive club, available only to aspirant consumers with the means to buy high-value hardware and services.”
Clegg was speaking just a week after Apple CEO Tim Cook gave a commencement speech at Stanford University in which he savaged the “chaos factory” created by social-media firms. “It feels a bit crazy that anyone should have to say this, but if you built a chaos factory, you can’t dodge responsibility for the chaos,” he said.
Again, there was no mention of Facebook, but the target of his argument was clear.
Facebook executive Nick CleggMacDailyNews Take: Apple users are an “‘exclusive club, available only to aspirant consumers with the means to buy high-value hardware and services.”
Why, yes. Yes, we are.
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