Facebook CEO Zuckerberg Says Apple’s App Store “Deserves Scrutiny”

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg Says Apple’s App Store “Deserves Scrutiny”


In an interview with Axios, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg pointed out that Apple has “unilateral control of what gets on phones.” Zuckerberg also discussed the large amount of conservative content circulating on the platform.

Mark Zuckerberg made this statement in an interview with Axios co-founder Mike Allen. In candid conversations about a variety of issues, Zuckerberg spoke about two main issues related to Facebook.

Apple’s App Store “Deserves Scrutiny”

When asked about whether he considers Apple's App Store to be a monopoly, he stated that Apple has “unilateral control of what gets on phones, in terms of apps.” Raising the point of enabling competitive dynamics, he added “there are questions that people should be looking into about that control of the App store.”

While avoiding discussing government intervention in Apple matters, the Facebook CEO said, “I think some of the behavior certainly raises questions. And I do think it’s something that deserves scrutiny.” He also compared it with the Google Play Store and the openness of Android as an OS.

It's worth noting that Apple's latest development in iOS 14 is likely to disrupt Facebook's ad revenue. The social media giant previously stated “more than a 50% drop” in publisher revenue. Recently, Apple had another conflict with Fortnite, after which the latter filed a lawsuit in the matter.

Related: Apple is seeking compensation from Epic Games for breach of contract

On Facebook And Conservative Content

Taking the question lightly, CEO Zuckerberg commented on the conservative volume of content on Facebook. He said “It’s true that partisan content often has kind of a higher percent of people,” but also said it was important to “differentiate that from, broadly, what people are seeing and reading and learning” on Facebook.

Speaking of hate speech on Facebook, he added, “If you look in the country right now … a lot of people … are very exercised and I think, frankly, for a lot of good reasons. And we have real issues.”

Adding that he “won’t take down anti-vaxxer posts,” Zuckerberg confirmed the content was a “perspective.” issue. He also clarified that Facebook will block ads seven days before the election.

While Facebook's policies are questionable in many ways, there have been many withdrawals from Facebook. Recently, a software engineer left Facebook saying the company was “profiting off hate.”

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