COVER BOY: Dec. 15 Issue of ‘Time’ Features Mark Zuckerberg on Connecting the World

By David Cohen 

TimeZuckerbergCover650The cover of the Dec. 15 issue of Time features a familiar face — that of Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the star of a long feature by Lev Grossman, the bulk of which is devoted to and Zuckerberg’s mission to connect the 4.3 billion or so people in the world who currently lack Internet access.

Zuckerberg spoke with Grossman about the application, simulating the poor connectivity found in different regions of the globe to ensure that Facebook’s apps are accessible by everyone, his motives for wanting to connect the world, public health, Facebook Connectivity Lab and its drone projects, potential competitor Ello and his reaction to recent comments by Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Grossman reported that Cook said in September:

When an online service is free, you’re not the customer. You’re the product.

Zuckerberg’s response to Grossman was:

A frustration I have is that a lot of people increasingly seem to equate an advertising business model with somehow being out of alignment with your customers. I think it’s the most ridiculous concept. What, you think because you’re paying Apple that you’re somehow in alignment with them? If you were in alignment with them, then they’d make their products a lot cheaper.

The full article, which is well worth reading, is available here.