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Not all CEOs mentioned here claim that they do not use their own company’s products

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A post is being widely shared on social media claiming that CEOs of well-known companies confessed that they do not use the products made by their own companies. Let us fact-check the claim made in the post.

Claim: CEOs of these companies confessing that they do not use the products made by their own companies.

Fact: There is no evidence that CEO of PepsiCo, Ramon Laguarta was recorded saying that he had never let his family touch any of Pepsi’s products. It had been reported that Mark Zuckerberg puts tape over his laptop’s camera; Steve Jobs and Bill Gates limited their children’s tech use. Chris Kempczinski is the CEO of McDonald’s, and he eats at McDonald’s. Hence, the claim made in the post is MISLEADING.

CEO of Pepsi:

Ramon Laguarta was elected the Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo in 2018, to succeed Indira Nooyi who was its CEO for 12 years. We could not find any credible sources that confirm that Ramon Laguarta was recorded saying that he had never let his family touch any of Pepsi’s products. We also could not find anything in the official social media handles of Ramon Laguarta that he had made such a statement– Twitter, Facebook. In an interview with the New York Times, Indira Nooyi (the former CEO of PepsiCo), narrated an incident during a town hall where an employee’s spouse said that she was not willing to give their child all PepsiCo products. Indira Nooyi was speaking about another woman’s words; she was not speaking about her own family.

Mark Zuckerberg:

According to articles published in 2016, Mark Zuckerberg does put tapes on his laptop’s webcam and microphone. This had been inferred from a photo he posted on Facebook in 2016.

Steve Jobs:

Nick Bilton once asked Steve Jobs after the launch of the first iPad, whether his children liked the device. Steve Jobs replied: “They haven’t used it. We limit how much technology our kids use at home.” This conversation was recalled by Nick Bilton in his article in the New York Times.

Bill Gates:

It had been widely reported how Bill Gates had limited his children’s tech use or screen time. In 2007, reportedly, Bill Gates implemented a cap on screen time when his daughter started developing an unhealthy attachment to a video game.

CEO of McDonald’s:

Chris Kempczinski is the CEO of McDonald’s. We could not find any credible information online which confirms that he doesn’t eat at his own company. In fact, according to an article, he eats at McDonald’s twice daily. However, he runs 50 miles a week to burn that off.

To sum it up, not all CEOs mentioned here claim that they do not use their own company’s products.

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