Why Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Joined the #DeleteFacebook Movement

Why Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Joined the #DeleteFacebook Movement

Tech guru Steve Wozniak said he has deleted his Facebook account because of the social network's exploitation of people's personal data.

Expressing concerns over how Facebook created money by advertising private information, Wozniak wrote in the email, "Users provide every detail of their life to Facebook and ..." He even went on to add that all the profits of Facebook are based on user info but users get nothing in return for it. Since the latter was revealed, many people have started a #deleteFacebook movement to protest the company's mismanagement of user data.

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.

Christopher Ailman, chief investment officer of the California State Teachers' Retirement System, said Wednesday that he deactivated his personal account due to the "offensive" lack of oversight and poor management at Facebook.

Steve Wozniak has left Facebook, according to a report.

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His remarks also cast Apple in an awfully flattering light, as Facebook hits its lowest ebb in terms of public opinion.

It's true that most of the social network's users had no idea until now what the company was doing with their data.

Cook also criticized the way Facebook makes money. And previous year he said, "I admire Facebook, but I'm a little scared of the power Facebook and Google get and I avoid them more than most people". To this Cook said, "I wouldn't be in the situation". "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".

Facebook could introduce a paid tier, Fortune noted, but that would mean poorer users would be more likely to keep having their data exploited and richer users would enjoy more privacy.

In an interview late Monday in Philadelphia with The Associated Press, Wozniak said he had been thinking for a while of deleting his account and made the move after several of his trusted friends deleted their Facebook accounts last week.

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