Elon Musk buys Twitter: Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has criticized the policies of the App Store, the app store for the iOS operating system.
At the New York Times’ DealBook conference, Zuckerberg made scathing comments about how America’s most valuable company, Apple, and its iPhone maker control its App Store.
“Apple thinks it’s the only company that can control which apps appear on mobile devices. I don’t think that’s a good and sustainable approach,” the Facebook founder said.
Zuckerberg compared Apple to Google, saying he agrees more with the way the Android operating system works. Google allows users to install apps on their Android smartphones without going through the Google Play Store.
“Google has always designed the operating system so that users can download apps from other sources, as well as other app stores. That’s also Meta’s commitment to how to build augmented reality and virtual reality devices,” Zuckerberg said.
Meta’s online advertising business has been hit hard this year by Apple’s policies, especially its iOS operating system, which allows users to track the data collection activities of third-party apps. Tuesday. Tuesday. Tuesday.
This privacy-enhancing feature makes it harder for Facebook and other ad apps to serve ads to users.
In addition to the macroeconomic challenges, the changes at Apple caused Meta to report a sequential decline in quarterly revenue. The company has lost two-thirds of its market value this year.
By contrast, Apple CEO Tim Cook has frequently criticized Facebook for its data-driven business. The Apple boss even believes that Meta’s content recommendation algorithm is related to the violence of extremist groups.
The Facebook boss also addressed the conflict between Twitter and Apple. Elon Musk recently announced that Apple is threatening to remove the Twitter app from the App Store.
“It will be interesting to see how Musk’s approach plays out,” Zuckerberg said. According to Zuckerberg, Musk still has to compromise, but certain requirements can be met.
In particular, Musk’s dizzying array of decisions about content moderation may have to change. “I don’t think individuals or companies should be making these decisions themselves, which is why Meta has a committee that oversees content decisions,” Zuckerberg said.