Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Deactivates His Facebook Over Data Breach

Steve Wozniak has deactivated his Facebook account saying it brought more negatives than positives.
Jessica Miley

Co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak says he has deactivated his Facebook account after revelations of data breaches. "Users provide every detail of their life to Facebook and ... Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this," he said in an email to USA Today. 

"The profits are all based on the user’s info, but the users get none of the profits back."

"The profits are all based on the user’s info, but the users get none of the profits back." Wozniak followed up saying he would prefer to pay for a service like Facebook and know that his privacy would be respected than use a free service that exploits its users. 

Wozniak deactivates but doesn't delete

He deactivated his Facebook account on Sunday after posting the following message: "I am in the process of leaving Facebook. It's brought me more negatives than positives. Apple has more secure ways to share things about yourself. I can still deal with old-school email and text messages." 

Wozniak is the latest high-profile figure in the tech world to turn against Facebook. Facebook has been struggling to regain the trust of its 2 billion-plus users after it was found it was implicit in the misuse of user data by political targeting firm Cambridge Analytica.

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In the latest development of the scandal, Facebook has suggested as many as 87 million people, may have had their data improperly shared. Apple CEO Tim Cook has also criticized Facebook stating that Apple has strict requirements for third-party apps that go into the Apple store. 

"We don't subscribe to the view that you have to let everybody in that wants to, or if you don't, you don't believe in free speech," said Cook. "We don't believe that." Cook also questioned Facebook's model of monetizing off users data. 

Tim Cook blasts greedy Facebook

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg retaliated to the criticism from Cook, saying "If you want to build a service which is not just serving rich people, then you need to have something that people can afford," said Zuckerberg. He went on to promote the Facebook model saying "At Facebook, we are squarely in the camp of the companies that work hard to charge you less and provide a free service that everyone can use. I don’t think at all that that means that we don’t care about people." 

The Cambridge Analytica scandal began back in June 2014, when a researcher named Aleksandr Kogan developed a personality-quiz app for Facebook. The app had many similarities to an app created by the Psychometrics Centre at Cambridge University laboratory where Kogan worked. 

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About 270,000 people added Kogan’s app to their Facebook account which meant that Kogan then had access to all their friend's data as well as all their friends data.


Kogan then supplied this user data now around 50 million people to the voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica.