Although the iPhone is an incredibly popular and revenue-generating platform, there are still many more Android phones in existence than iPhones. Facebook's chief product officer is requiring some team members who currently have iPhones to switch to Android smartphones in order to give them experience in how most mobile users interact with Facebook.
Word came out at a recent Facebook press event where Chris Cox said "I am mandating a switch of a whole bunch of my team over to Android, just because people, when left up to their own devices, will often prefer an iPhone." As reported by Wired, he wants Facebook workers to be "reporting bugs and living in the same experience that most Facebook users experience today."
This isn't the only pain that Facebook is foisting on its workers; in October, the company launched an optional "2G Tuesdays" program that is supposed to give its staff a feeling of what it's like to use Facebook on a 2G-level connection found in many developing countries. And those countries, like India, are where Facebook is putting its focus in order to continue expanding.
My feeling? I'm glad I don't work for Facebook. Isn't this "cruel and unusual punishment"?