Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Left Facebook Over Data Collection


Like many high-profile tech personalities such as Elon Musk, Woz has taken issue over Facebook's shenanigans when it comes to the privacy of user information. "Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this", he wrote to USA Today. Woz said that he would actually be willing to pay a fee to be able to have his personal data protected from ads while still continuing to use Facebook. CEO Tim Cook himself critiqued the social media giant recently, remarking that "I wouldn't be in the situation. Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this", he told USA Today. He says "Apple makes money off of good products, not off of you".

"Users provide every detail of their life to Facebook and ..."

Zuckerberg will testify before the congressional committees in Washington this week about the CA scandal and Facebook's response to it. Wozniak deactivated his Facebook account on Sunday, April 8, though did not delete it. "I think the best regulation is no regulation, is self-regulation", he said.

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While Wozniak's comments might be read as merely parroting the Apple company line, he has spent many years outside the company espousing independent viewpoints, spotlighting his appreciation of Android phones and his lack of synchronization with Apple's marketing efforts. "I can still cope with old school text and email messages".

"To start, some members of Congress said they want Zuckerberg at the hearings to offer specifics about Cambridge Analytica - and Facebook's privacy practices writ large - even beyond the information the company has shared in recent weeks".

With Facebook's share price hovering at around 15% less than when the scandal first broke, these are serious questions that the social network is going to have to continue to ask itself.

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Wozniak announced he's shutting down his Facebook account amid the worst privacy crisis the social media company has faced.

He expressed his shock over the extent to which Facebook collects users' private information and also got rid of some of the advertisers before deleting his Facebook account. While it's possible to leave Facebook without retiring from Messenger, there's always the risk that Facebook will keep on collecting data on its users.

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