"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," Cox was reported as telling mediapersons by Wired.com on Friday.
Actually, a large chunk of Facebook's expanding user base in emerging markets in the developing world access the social network on Android devices, and not iPhones.
As Facebook seeks to reach more people around the world, Cox said he wanted his team to switch to the world's most popular mobile platform "so that they can be reporting bugs and living in the same experience that most Facebook users experience today".
The directive shows just how much attention Facebook is paying to the emerging markets, crucial as they are for the social networking giant's further expansion.
Facebook's focus are the people who are just coming online, or have yet to come online. And Cox is ensuring his men understand the clients' needs first hand.