Apple Cofounder Steve Wozniak Announces He's Leaving Facebook

Posted April 11, 2018

But that's apparently too little, too late for Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who said he's leaving Facebook over privacy concerns. Wozniak, 67, who spoke to USA Today over an email interview, said he was not happy with the social media giant's using private information to improve target advertising.

In the email, Wozniak said he would pay to keep Facebook from exploiting his personal information.

Wozniak's comments echoed those of Apple CEO Tim Cook in an interview that aired on MSNBC last Friday. Steve Wozniak suggested that he is even ready to pay a fee in order to protect his personal data from ads while still using Facebook. To this Cook said, "I wouldn't be in the situation".

Wozniak told his friends on Facebook that the social network had "brought me more negatives than positives", saying that he is only retaining his account to prevent someone else from grabbing the Facebook screen name "stevewoz".

His surprise announcement marks the latest development in back-and-forth corporate sniping by tech leaders as Facebook copes with a scandal over the potential misuse of user data by political targeting firm Cambridge Analytica.

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Days later, Elon Musk had the Tesla and SpaceX pages removed from Facebook.

Cook later said, according Recode: "The truth is, we could make a ton of money if we monetized our customer - if our customer was our product".

Several other high-profile users have removed themselves from the network completely, joining the #DeleteFacebook movement, including US technology entrepreneur Elon Musk's accounts for his firms Tesla and Space X, singer Cher and actor Will Ferrell. He also notes that Apple handles security much better than Mark Zuckerberg's company. Facebook was accused of unwittingly sharing information of more than 87 million of its users with the company, per NBC News.

Zuckerberg has apologized, and Facebook's No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg, has said she's sorry the company let so many people down.

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