Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak says he's leaving Facebook over data policies

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak speaks at an event in Italy in a file
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak speaks at an event in Italy in a file

11 April, 2018

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is leaving Facebook, citing growing concern for the carelessness with which the social media giant treated the private information of its users. The company was hit by the Cambridge Analytica scandal, with the personal information of 87 million Facebook users reportedly accessed by the political consulting firm without the individuals' consent. In an email to USA Today, Wozniak said that people entrust their personal details on Facebook which in return generates money from this information.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has quit Facebook, USA Today reports. He said while Facebook made money off this, the users did not get any share of the profits back. Comparing Facebook with Apple, Steve said the latter makes money by selling quality products.

Last month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk deleted Facebook accounts for his two major companies, Tesla and SpaceX, in response to a campaign by WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton on Twitter.

This content is published through a licensing agreement with Acquire Media using its NewsEdge technology. To this Cook said, "I wouldn't be in the situation".

Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify before Congress on Tuesday about the Cambridge Analytica scandal and Facebook privacy.

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After going into this little tirade, Wozniak confessed that he'd much rather have Facebook being a paid service rather than something freely accessible for everyone with an internet connection.

Despite a smattering of high-profile defections, most Wall Street analysts don't expect a significant dent in Facebook's monthly user base of 2.2 billion worldwide. "We believe that recent headlines around Facebook's data policies have not meaningfully impacted engagement on the platform", Thill concluded. "I don't think at all that that means that we don't care about people".

And therefore, as with a lot of media, having an advertising-supported model is the only rational model that can support building this service to reach people.

Facebook did not immediately respond to CNET's request for comment.

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