Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Left Facebook Over Data Collection

Steve Wozniak Quit Facebook

Steve Wozniak Quit Facebook

Following on from other famous figures in the tech and entertainment industries, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has said that he's left Facebook over the company's misuse of its users' data. If the majority of its users find the site as useful as Wozniak does and have the means to do so, then charging them a subscription fee would be easy, but we imagine that for many the appeal of Facebook is more about convenience than the quality of its services.

Interestingly, Wozniak posted his goodbye message as a Facebook post, which has since disappeared because Wozniak's Facebook profile (simply called Woz) no longer exists. Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this.

"It's brought me more negatives than positives", he wrote.

'Apple has more secure ways to share things about yourself. "I can still deal with old-school email and text messages", he said in the Facebook post.

Wozniak leaving Facebook is the latest in a tit-for-tat snipping among Silicon Valley tech moguls.

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His announcement comes after various corporate executives and technology leaders have criticised the platform for comprising data that was used for political targeting.

In March, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked during joint interview with Recode and MSNBC how he would manage a crisis like the one confronting founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg. Cook also questioned Facebook's model of monetizing off users data. I don't think at all that that means that we don't care about people'.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal began back in June 2014, when a researcher named Aleksandr Kogan developed a personality-quiz app for Facebook. These profiles may have been used to influence elections in both the U.S. and the UK.

Zuckerberg, 33, is set to testify before Congress next week in a two-day open hearing on Cambridge Analytica and Facebook's response.

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