Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Ditches Facebook Over User-Data Profiteering

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says he's left Facebook amid personal security concerns as fallout from massive Cambridge Analytica data breach continues

The Woz says goodbye to Facebook

The movement began with the revelation that Cambridge Analytica - a political marketing firm that worked with Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign - improperly harvested the data of 50 million Facebook users, raising new questions about the social network's ability to protect user data.

Wozniak said that Facebook doesn't protect its users' data the way Apple does, and instead profits from its user's information.

Prior to this, Apple co-founder and CEO Tim Cook publicly sneered the social networking giant during a joint interview with Recode and MSNBC. 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.

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That's why we are here and not thinking about who is now favourite or whatever. "But if we are not able to cope with that psychologically, it will be a good lesson for the future".

In the tech pioneer's opinion, Zuckerberg obviously values his privacy far more than he does of Facebook's users, considering how he lives his personal life. He also stated he would even prefer paying Facebook if that can prevent the social site from commercializing its user's personal information to boost advertising revenue.

Zuckerberg will testify before the congressional committees in Washington this week about the CA scandal and Facebook's response to it. "I started Facebook, I run it, and I'm responsible for what happens here". "However, I think we're beyond that here", Cook said. Apple has more secure ways to share things about yourself. "I can still deal with old school email and text messages", Apple co-founder said in a Facebook post, revealing his intentions to sign off from Facebook. Steve, however, has said he isn't deleting his Facebook account just yet.

Apple's cofounder, Steve Wozniak, said that he plans to quit Facebook because the company doesn't respect user privacy or data. He wrote that the company monetizes its users' data and considers them as "products".

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Zuckerberg fired back, calling the statement "extremely glib" and explaining that ads are a way to offer its service for free so it doesn't only serve "rich people". Facebook banned Cambridge Analytica from its platform last month.

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.

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