June 26, 2022
Mark Zuckerberg posted a bizarre picture of himself working on a Mac laptop, that shows Apple’s logo Photoshopped out, underlining the hostility between the two tech titans.
Facebook’s founder posted the picture on June 9 and shows Zuckerberg licking his lips surrounded by McDonald’s food with the caption: “Celebrating McDonald’s joining Workplace with a 20-piece McNuggets, Quarter Pounder, and fries. I’m lovin’ it.”
While the post was ostensibly to celebrate the fast-food giant joining Workplace, Meta’s business communication platform, eagle-eyed viewers spotted that despite Zuck clearly using an Apple Mac product, Meta isn’t keen on showing the world his laptop preference.
People commented beneath Zuckerberg’s Instagram post asking: “Where is the Apple logo?” and “Who Photoshopped your laptop?”
A member of his PR team, or maybe even Zuck himself, clearly used the Clone, Healing Brush, or some other Photoshop tool to disassociate him from Apple.
Facebook vs Apple
The image denotes a rivalry between two of America’s largest tech companies, a struggle that dates back to 2019 when Apple CEO Tim Cook allegedly ruffled Zuckerberg’s feathers over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, reports 9to5Mac.
Zuckerberg is believed to have asked Cook how he would “handle the fallout” from the scandal. Cook’s response was that the company should “delete any information that it had collected about people outside of its core apps.” This notion was apparently so appalling to Zuck that it set him on a warpath against Apple and Cook.
Since then Zuckerberg has reportedly ordered all Facebook executives to use Android phones and accused Apple of having a “stranglehold” on the iPhone and that it charges “monopoly rents” on the App Store.
A well-documented privacy battle has ensued between the two giants with Cook condemning Facebook’s business model saying the company prioritizes engagement over privacy, leading to “polarization and violence.” When asked how he would have responded to the Cambridge Analytica scandal Cook said “I wouldn’t be in this situation.”
Zuckerberg’s Uneasy Relationship with his Mac Computer
In 2016 Zuckerberg was pictured with his Apple laptop, but notably, his webcam had tape on it to obscure the lens and he had done the same to the computer’s microphone to muffle any who might try to listen in.
Despite his troubled relationship with his laptop, Zuckerberg is obviously a fan of Mac’s hardware and OS.