Apple Put Twitter in iOS 5 Because Steve Jobs Thinks Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Is A “F**king A**hole” [Report]

Apple Put Twitter in iOS 5 Because Steve Jobs Thinks Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Is A “F**king A**hole” [Report]

Ever wonder why iOS 5 features built-in Twitter integration but not Facebook, the largest social network on Earth? It’s because Steve Jobs thinks Mark Zuckerberg is a “f*cking a**hole,” according to tech evangelist Robert Scoble.

Over the weekend, Scoble posted some remarks on his Google+ account about Twitter’s internal shakeups. In doing so, he made this classic remark:

Fortunately for Twitter they made that Apple deal (I asked someone at Apple why they made that deal and the answer was “because Mark Zuckerberg is a ****ing a**hole.”) Wow, insider politics between these companies is something to behold.

Apple and Facebook have a rather contentious history. In fact, one of the reasons why iTunes’ Ping music sharing network just sucks so hard is because Facebook blocked Apple from connecting Ping to their social network at the last minute, reportedly because Apple was violating their user data policies. Given how little Facebook cares about user privacy, that’s always seemed a bit rich. Mark Zuckerberg just being an asshole is a lot more believable, at least if you’re going to believe The Social Network.

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  • imbenking

    I can imagine! Then there was the whole “We arnt going to release an iPad App” although I think they have backtracked on that. Where the hell has that App got to anyway? 

  • sarahadam696981

    I just p a i d $21.87 for an i P a d 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://bit.ly/CentBid

  • Tallest_Skil

    It’s deactivated inside the regular app. You have to change one setting in it and boom, there’s the iPad version.

    Also, Steve’s completely right. Again.

  • prof_peabody

    Well, pretty much everything about Facebook’s UI indicates that it was designed by aggressive, dishonest manipulators that don’t actually care about the users, so as the head of the company one could easily blame Zuckerberg.  

    Worth noting that “some guy at Apple” saying Zuckerberg is an asshole doesn’t actually mean Steve Jobs thinks that.

  • gregbraddock

    So, the quote doesn’t specifically say that Steve Jobs thinks Zuckerberg is an asshole? I mean, we all know that Zuckerberg is an asshole (except for his philanthropy in New Jersey) but c’mon, how’d Steve get thrown into this? 

  • sarahadam696985

    I just p a i d $21.87 for an i P a d 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://bit.ly/CentBid

  • dagamer34

    Heresay at best, and really this is something you should just keep to yourself Scoble.

  • dualsub2006

    So Zuck is an overbearing, controlling asshole? Likes to control the user experience and only lets in those that he wants to let in? Sounds exactly like the way that Steve Jobs runs his iOS business. Maybe to be the biggest you have to be a fucking asshole.

  • quietstorms

    I somewhat agree but Zuckerberg did have dinner at Jobs’ house to talk about Facebook integration so this is probably where the idea came from.

  • techgeek01

    Is he really being an asshole or is he just not bowing down to Steve Jobs?

    Two complete different things.Don’t know much on the story, but last I checked/heard tons of companies basically bow down (give in) to Apple policies and such.  Basically if they want their product in App store or integrated or whatever, they will have to give in.  They have to follow Apple rules.

    Front what I read from dealing with this, it seems to be that Facebook is refusing to bow down to Apple.  Basically refusing to give in.  If you want us, you have to meet our criteria and not yours.

    So if he a ******* *******?  From what I read, it seems that he is not “giving in” and bowing down to Apple and basically being on the same level as them, and not trying to shine Steve Jobs shoes.  ”If you want us or work with us, you are also going to meet our criteria as well.”

  • Anon Developer

    The headline is the worst interpretation of a quote from somebody working for Apple that I have ever heard. steve jobs didnt say it. or did he?

  • Anon Developer

    bit of a stretch..

  • Ed_Kel

    Zuckerburg seems like a shady fella to me; with settlements to people who they claim were the inventors of Facebook and their inconsistency of user rights. Regardless of if this statement is true or not, I think Apple made a good move. I wouldn’t want to do business with Facebook either, especially if they backed out of Ping at the last minute..

  • sarahadam696986

    I just p a i d $21.87 for an i P a d 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://bit.ly/CentBid

  • Daniel Farnworth

    This is pretty poor, over-sensationalised journalism. The headline states that ‘Steve Jobs Thinks Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Is A “F**king A**hole”’; the quote from the article attributed to Robert Scoble states ’I asked someone at Apple why they made that deal and the answer was “because Mark Zuckerberg is a ****ing a**hole.”’.

    How do you turn the one into the other?

  • lls566
  • Tcrowns

    To be fair this is a blog and as such journalism is only very loosely implied, but yes poorly written.

  • sarahadam6969810

    I just p a i d $21.87 for an i P a d 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://bit.ly/CentBid

  • MacRat

    “except for his philanthropy in New Jersey”

    The timing of which occurred to counter the negative portral of him in the movie.

  • AshleyRobinson25

    …I just paíd $20.82 for an íPad 2.64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasoníc Lumíx GF 1 Cámera that we got for $38.79 there arriving tomorrow by UP S.I will never pay such expensive retail príces in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LCD T V to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, bit.ly/BidShop

  • Andrei Barbuta

    Mark Zuckerberg was at the 2011 Blinderberg meeting with all the other people who really “care” about personal privacy and freedom.
    The headline is clearly stretching it but I have no doubt Zuckerberg is a huge a**hole!

  • john

    Too bad Apple didn’t back out of Ping too 

  • Jeff Berard

    I think Mark Zuckerberg is a F**king A**hole too.  Doesn’t everyone?  Is this news? :D

  • sarahadam6969820

    I just p a i d $21.87 for an i P a d 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://bit.ly/CentBid

  • MacGoo

    Zuckerberg has a well-documented history of being a jerk. That being said, so does Steve Jobs. It’s a desirable trait in a successful CEO to be able to make the tough decisions that can make you the target of ire. Who cares if they’re unlikable? They’re delivering products we want. And deep integration is cool, but not necessary at all. If I want to share, I’ll share. And with Twitter linked to facebook, it’ll go where I want anyway.

  • MacGoo

    Zuckerberg has a well-documented history of being a jerk. That being said, so does Steve Jobs. It’s a desirable trait in a successful CEO to be able to make the tough decisions that can make you the target of ire. Who cares if they’re unlikable? They’re delivering products we want. And deep integration is cool, but not necessary at all. If I want to share, I’ll share. And with Twitter linked to facebook, it’ll go where I want anyway.

  • Tom McGrath

    You used to be able to do that, but then Facebook found a way to block it. Technically however, it is still there. 

  • sarahadam6969830

    I just p a i d $21.87 for an i P a d 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://bit.ly/CentBid

  • Jay Floyd

    Actually the quote doesn’t say that Jobs said so at all.  

  • John L. D’Andrea

    Because let’s be honest, being truthful isn’t nearly as interesting. This is terrible journalism and the writer should be ashamed.

  • Visiture

    Haven’t seen a title this desperate to get me to click in awhile.

  • BMWTwisty

    Steve Jobs thinks you’re a douchebag for falsely attributing that comment to him. C’mon. Just a little attempt at journalistic accuracy?

  • Cold_dead_fingers

    I like Facebook I love Apple. They should kiss and make up because, really, I just want Facebook integration in my phone and iPad. I really don’t care for twitter.

  • Ed_Kel

    Please elaborate on terrible journalism? The article was accurate and to the point. So what if the headline is misleading. It’s a damn blog, not CNN.

  • Ed_Kel

    Steve Jobs IS Apple. Big decisions like Facebook integration would have been handled by top brass. It isn’t that “out-of-the-box” to say Jobs had a role in it.

  • AmyWienfield

    ,.I just paíd $20.82 for an íPad 2.64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasoníc Lumíx GF 1 Cámera that we got for $38.79 there arriving tomorrow by UP S.I will never pay such expensive retail príces in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LCD T V to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, bit.ly/BidShop

  • Dominique Griego

    Because if Bloggers want to be treated as journalists and play with the big boys, they should at least act the part.
    So they should be protected by law as journalists but have no journalistic integrity? Pfft.

  • Ed_Kel

    Still doesn’t answer my question… Terrible journalism? Because of a misleading headline? Is the headline really THAT misleading? Steve Jobs IS Apple (I take it that you aren’t a critical thinker). The choice of a headline doesn’t make the entire article terrible and if you think it does, then quit your bitching on go somewhere else for your Apple fix.

  • staticmotions

    Kudos to Apple… I think Facebook & Twitter are the beginning of the end.  Nobody has that many friends, and even if they did, what kind of a decent relationship can you have with someone via Facebook?

    If you want to connect with your friends, unplug yourself from your TV, pick up the phone, and talk to them like real people do when they want to talk to each other — ROBOTS!  Also, no one cares that you are eating cheerios or that you just gave your dog a bath, so stop tweeting about it and go out and accomplish something worth talking about.

  • UNOwenNYC

    I’ve never seem ‘Social Network,(never will), DON’T have an F’book acct, (in fact, those who need me I’m in touch with – nt the whole frakkin’ world need to know my business.

    Saying that, I STILL agree with Jobs: Z’s a(n) autistic DICK.

    I’ve friends, associates, who ask me to ‘help’ them get SOME privacy on their F’book accts. Most think F’book’s ‘necessary(?!), and won’t listen. I’ve NEVER seen a more counter-intuitive, utterly anti-privacy site than F’book.?

    The GOOD thing about the voracious appetite of today’s media is that today’s ‘flavor-of-the-month’ is soon forgotten.

    Mark my words: F’book is the next my space, et al.

  • francois swanepoel

    yes, he is a big POES

  • francois swanepoel

    yep

  • Don Pope

    I’m pretty sure both Zuckerberg and Jobs are first class assholes.

  • DrM47145

    Who cares about ‘Fecebook’ anyway.

  • Caspian Prince

    From an A**hole to another A**hole…who has the biggest A**hole!?

  • Dilbert A

    I’m not defending this article, but that “journalistic integrity” bullshit is getting old. If the author himself said had made such a claime, your statement might be relevant. 

    If you’re a out of work, bitter, luddite, dead-tree journalist, please take it elsewhere.

  • lozil

    Yeah, MS holds shares in FB…!! That is enough to annoy SJ’s

  • Daniel Farnworth

    The headline should always be considered to be part of the article. It’s an introduction and sets the tone for the rest of the article which can be considered elaboration on the headline. With this in mind, perhaps the first line of the article should have read “Well actually, Steve didn’t say it, someone else did; or so we’re told. But we don’t know who.”

    The author’s bio at the bottom of the article states that he is news editor at Cult of Mac, and has also written for Wired, Playboy, Boing Boing, Popular Mechanics, Gizmodo, Kotaku, Lifehacker, AMC, Geek and the Consumerist. I would consider a person who writes for so many publications and sites to be a journalist and would expect them to adhere to the same journalistic standards as CNN, the BBC or any other news outlet who wants to be taken seriously.

    Whether or not I am a critical thinker is irrelevant; Steve Jobs IS NOT Apple, he is the CEO of Apple. He and the rest of the board are bound by law to act in the best interests of their shareholders, not on the basis of who the like/don’t like.

    I am not ‘bitching’, I am openly criticising a public article that has an open comments thread. If the author does not feel that they want to hear the critique of their readers, they should either close/censor the comments, not publish at all or brush up their headline writing skills.

  • Joseph Joel

    Random guy at Apple /= Steve Jobs. Inaccurate and amateurish.

  • J Michael

    Greg, you are absolutely right. The quote does not say that. This is why good reporters quote other people correctly rather than assume things. In this case its “journalistic hype” because people will read Steve Jobs said this and come and read the article but its not appropriate to put words in Steve Jobs mouth that he might never have said! The burden of proof likes with the person quoting this and as an article this is a “TOTAL FAIL” because the author is guilty of journalistic hype that has no integrity.

  • Ed_Kel

    Okay so you’re telling me that the entire article is terrible because of the headline? I mean, it’s not a hard question to answer…..which ironically still hasn’t been answered….

    And if you knew anything about Apple, you would know that Jobs has in past (especially around the time this went down) micromanaged and has a flamboyent attitude that COULD HAVE said something like this..

    The headline is an attention getter; an assumption; and in my opinion, not very far out of the realm of possibility…

    And think about what you said – “bound by law to act in the best interests of their shareholders, not on the basis of who [they] like/don’t like” – seriously dude? Apple is what it is to this day because of Steve Job’s likes and dislikes. Please give me an example of a CEO asking “the Shareholders” for permission on every strategical move they make… It has EVERYTHING to do with their likes and dislikes.. If you’re on Apple’s shit list, get over it! Take Samsung for example, they could lose the bid on iPad displays. I bet the shareholders could care less that is, as long as they don’t hold Samsung stock. And I’m proud to say that I am one of them.

  • Daniel Farnworth

    OK, a simple answer? Yes. I do think that make’s it a bad article. I think so for the reasons that i have stated above.

    It has nothing to do with what SJ ‘could have’ said. That’s not what journalism is about; it’s about reporting what has been said.

    I wasn’t suggesting that SJ ask the shareholders permission, he is not required by law to do so. I was stating the law. That is, that the members of the board are duty bound to act in the shareholders best interests.

    I am not an Apple shareholder. I do believe that overall Steve Jobs has done a good job as CEO. I’m sure that the shareholders (including yourself) agree.

    That’s nothing to do with this. It’s still poor journalism.

  • Harry Monmouth

    Zuck is a f**king a**hole. This is not news.

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