During Facebook’s earnings reports, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made some comments in which he praised Apple’s messaging service, iMessage in a way called it Facebook’s “biggest competitor by far.”
He made these comments to investors while reporting about the company’s performance for Q3 of 2018 in which he admitted that Facebook is losing out to iMessage in some very important territories of the world like the US.
In an earnings call, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that:
“Our biggest competitor by far is iMessage. In important countries like the U.S. where the iPhone is strong, Apple bundles iMessage as a default texting app and it’s still ahead. “
Zuckerberg said that the company has identified the shift in which the users are communicating with each other and moving from public shared content to private messaging due to highly encrypted services like iMessage, Messenger, and WhatsApp.
Zuckerberg also took a jab at Apple saying that:
“It’s worth noting that one of the main reasons people prefer our services, especially WhatsApp, is because of its stronger record on privacy.
WhatsApp is completely end-to-end encrypted, does not store your messages, and doesn’t store the keys to your messages in China or anywhere else. And this is important because if our systems can’t see your messages, then that means that governments and bad actors won’t be able to access them through us either.”
Facebook’s CEO referred to Apple’s recent move in which Apple transferred its data of iCloud Chinese iCloud services to be hosted and operated by a state-run Chinese company.
This means that Chinese government can ask for data of Chinese users directly from Apple using its own legal system, whereas before, the Chinese government had to go through the US’ legal system in order to ask Apple for user data.