Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak closes Facebook account amid data scandal

11 April, 2018, 06:00 | Author: Andrea Terry
  • Co-Founder of Apple Steve Wozniak

Wozniak, who co-founded Apple in the 1970s with Steve Jobs, is still employed by the company.

Wozniak also noted that Zuckerberg could fix these issues with Facebook but won't, adding that "personalities don't change". Instead, he has just deactivated it for now. "The profits are all based on the user's info, but the users get none of the profits back.".

Cook later said, according Recode: "The truth is, we could make a ton of money if we monetized our customer - if our customer was our product". Steve Wozniak suggested that he is even ready to pay a fee in order to protect his personal data from ads while still using Facebook. That makes us wonder if his new-found hatred for the social media giant a short-term gimmick is; or will eventually lead to his deleting his account on the whole. Wozniak in an email statement to USA Today said that Facebook makes its profit off of users' private information, but none of that profit is returned to them. Instead, users of the social media site itself are its products.

"As they say, with Facebook, you are the product", Wozniak wrote. The social media giant has estimated a figure of almost 87 million users in the U.S. who may have been affected by the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal.


Wozniak told the newspaper that while Facebook and similar social media websites are free for users, those companies sell advertising based on the demographics of users.

The list of protesters continues to grow as Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg prepares to testify to USA lawmakers next week. Last month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk deleted Facebook pages for Tesla, SolarCity and SpaceX. Recently, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, said that Facebook users should pay for the option to not have their data tracked by ads. How could Facebook continue to earn money while also protecting users' privacy? After Facebook confirmed that Cambridge Analytica has used data that had been collected from 50 million users without their consent.

Wozniak's move comes in the midst of Facebook's deepest crisis, a data breach that has affected 87 million users globally.

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

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