Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak quits Facebook over data collection

Steve Wozniak co-founder of Apple says Facebook has a lot to answer for More

In an update last week, Facebook estimated as many as 87 million people, mostly in the United States, may have had their data improperly shared.

Steve Wozniak, the cofounder of Apple, told USA Today he's quitting Facebook.

Steve said the reason he has opted out of Facebook is the manner in which the social media site tends to use the personal info of its users to maximize its ad potential.

In an email to USA Today, Steve Wozniak suggested that although Apple earns revenue from good products, those products are not the users.

"As they say, with Facebook, you are the product", Wozniak wrote.

Wozniak's statements marks the latest in the present back-and-forth between tech figures and Facebook as the company faces intense scrutiny on top of public outcry over the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Wozniak says he'd rather pay for Facebook. To this Cook said, "I wouldn't be in the situation".


Wozniak said he doesn't believe in the current system that Facebook can fix its privacy issues, saying he doesn't think Facebook is going to change its policies "for decades". The social media giant admitted that data consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica accessed personal data of users globally through an app-based game.

Days later, Elon Musk had the Tesla and SpaceX pages removed from Facebook.

Wozniak said he didn't like the way the company collects user data for advertising purposes. "The truth is, we could make a ton of money if we monetized our customer - if our customer was our product", Cook said.

Wozniak's move came only before face book CEO Mark Zuckerberg meant to testify before congressional committees regarding the corporation's Cambridge Analytica scandal.

"You know, I find that argument, that if you're not paying that somehow we can't care about you, to be extremely glib and not at all aligned with the truth", Zuckerberg told Vox.

Zuckerberg will testify before the congressional committees in Washington this week about the CA scandal and Facebook's response to it. He criticized Facebook over the use of private information to improve target advertising.

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