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The Wall Street Journal: In veiled shot at Cook, Facebook exec says Apple caters to ‘exclusive club’

BERLIN — A senior Facebook Inc. FB, +0.76% executive took a veiled shot at Apple Inc. AAPL, -0.10% , continuing the sniping between the tech giants as their business models are under increasing scrutiny from global regulators.

In a speech Monday at the Hertie School of Governance in the German capital, Facebook vice president of global affairs and communications Nick Clegg criticized other large tech companies for selling expensive hardware and catering to what he called an “exclusive club” of wealthy consumers.

Clegg, the former U.K. deputy prime minister, argued that criticisms about tailored advertising on the social network fail to underscore that the product remains free for users, unlike products offered by Silicon Valley rivals.

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