Apple Inc. AAPL, +2.71% co-founder Steve Wozniak said he’s leaving Facebook amid concerns about privacy and data violations.
“Users provide every detail of their life to Facebook,” he told USA today in an email. “Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this. The profits are all based on the user’s info, but the users get none of the profits back.”
Wozniak said he’d prefer to pay for the service and have more control over his data. “Apple makes its money off of good products, not off of you,” he told the paper. “As they say, with Facebook, you are the product.”
Many Facebook Inc. FB, +1.74% users are upset about how their information is being used after recent revelations that Cambridge Analytica, a company tied to President Trump’s election campaign, scraped data from users and their friends via an online personality test.
Last month, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said Facebook should have self-regulated itself before reaching this point. “I think the best regulation is no regulation, is self-regulation,” he said. “However, I think we’re beyond that here.”
But Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded: “The reality here is that if you want to build a service that helps connect everyone in the world, then there are a lot of people who can’t afford to pay.”
Last week, Facebook said 87 million people were impacted, up from a previous estimate of 50 million people. Zuckerberg said most of the company’s 2.2 billion users likely have had their public profile information scraped by outsiders without their explicit permission.
Starting Monday, people who use the social network should start finding out whether their data was shared with Cambridge Analytica. They will get a message served to them in their news feed, the Associated Press reported.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post – Quentin Fottrell