Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

Steve Wozniak, The Apple Co-Founder, States He Is Leaving Facebook

Steve Wozniak, The Apple Co-Founder, States He Is Leaving Facebook

Wozniak, who needs no introduction given his many contributions to some of Apple's finest products, says he's leaving the platform in light of concerns over security safeguards for personal information users share with the social media site.

In an email interview with USA Today, Wozniak criticized Facebook's use of private information to improve target advertising, writing that the company monetizes its users's data and renders them "product [s]". Wozniak said he'd rather pay for Facebook than have his personal information exploited for advertising. This, however, is good for Apple, who as a company prides itself in not using customer's data as a result as charging users more for their products. Recently, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, said that Facebook users should pay for the option to not have their data tracked by ads. "I did not feel that this is what people want done to them".

In an interview late Monday in Philadelphia with The Associated Press, Wozniak said he had been thinking for a while of deleting his account and made the move after several of his trusted friends deleted their Facebook accounts last week.

Facebook is still under notable public pressure in the wake of the scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, the British data analytics firm that worked with the Donald Trump presidential campaign.

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Wozniak deactivated his Facebook account on Sunday, the report said, after posting a message that the social network has brought him "more negatives than positives". In his words, Facebook is essentially making money on the identities and info of its users without the users seeing any of the proceeds.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is in Washington as the week begins, and will testify in Congress tomorrow about the data crisis.

Others boycotting Facebook include, Elon Musk of Tesla, Brian Acton the co-founder of Whatsapp, actors Will Ferrell and Jim Carrey, even Playboy deleted their Facebook pages as well.

He also said that at least over at Apple, they respect people's privacy.

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