Apple Cofounder Is Quitting Facebook Amid Privacy Concerns

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak gestures as he attends a conference titled'The Innovation Summit in Milan Italy. Wozniak is shutting down his Facebook account as the social media giant struggles to cope with the

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has quit Facebook, USA Today reports.

The tech leaders expressed grave concern about the alleged revelation of the data of about 50 million Facebook users by a London-based data analysis company Cambridge Analytica. In fact, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg confirmed as much by stating that users would need to pay to avoid having their data used for advertising.

Wozniak said that Facebook doesn't protect its users' data the way Apple does, and instead profits from its user's information. The profits are all based on the user's info, however users get nothing in profits.

Ultimately Facebook as a company needs to make money somehow, and like nearly every other free internet service it makes its money through advertising to users.

"As they say, with Facebook, you are the product", Wozniak wrote. The Apple co-founder added that he would rather pay for Facebook's services than have his "personal information exploited for advertising".

Facebook said as many as 87 million people may have had their user data improperly shared.

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Copyright 2018 United Press International, Inc. He simply deactivated his account but didn't delete it.

Wozniak announced he's shutting down his Facebook account amid the worst privacy crisis the social media company has faced. How could Facebook continue to earn money while also protecting users' privacy? He wants to keep his stevewoz handle and doesn't want anyone else getting a hold of it.

Wozniak has joined others in the complaints about how Facebook allowed this to happen, with Apple CEO Tim Cook already critiquing the company. "I think the best regulation is self-regulation".

Facebook has recently come under fire over its handling of user data.

While Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called Cook's comments "extremely glib" in a subsequent interview with Vox, he has yet to respond to Wozniak's criticism. He also stressed that Apple reviews all apps as a way to weed out potential violators of its privacy standards. Right after the scandal was brought to light, Elon Musk took down the Facebook pages of Tesla and SpaceX.

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