Steve Wozniak quits Facebook amid data concerns, says report


Facebook is now enmeshed in several scandals, including the issue of privacy protocols in the wake of user data furnished to British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. Cambridge, a political consulting, firm apparently misused users' data, USA Today said.

In an email to USA Today, Wozniak says Facebook makes a lot of advertising money from personal details provided by users. "It's brought me more negatives than positives", Wozniak writes in a post on April 8, as USA Today reports.

Wozniak compared Facebook with Apple saying the latter tech giant he co-founded with late Steve Jobs did not make money off its users.

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says he isn't sure Facebook can fix its privacy issues and he expects it will be decades before it changes its policies.

During the worldwide business conference in Montreal a year ago, Wozniak said that he is looking to "avoid Google and Facebook". While it claims to not sell personal information directly to advertisers, it relies on that data to better target ads.

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Woz's ditching of the social media platform-the latest departure by a high-profile user-comes as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meets with lawmakers ahead of his hearings before Senate and House committees this week. "I did not feel that this is what people want done to them", he said.

"Facebook's Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress in wake of the controversy over the leak of users" data. "I wouldn't be in the situation", said Cook. 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. Facebook has never charged for access to its service. Several other well-known personalities also have deleted Facebook including comedians like Will Ferrell and Jim Carrey.

"You know, I find that argument, that if you're not paying that somehow we can't care about you, to be extremely glib and not at all aligned with the truth", Zuckerberg told Vox.

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