Steve Wozniak promises to delete his Facebook account in protest

Steve Wozniak promises to delete his Facebook account in protest

A British data mining firm affiliated with Donald Trump's Republican presidential campaign gathered personal information from 87 million Facebook users to try to influence elections.

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 ..."

It's "a big hypocrisy not respecting my privacy when (Facebook CEO Mark) Zuckerberg buys all the houses around his and all the lots around his in Hawaii for his own privacy", Wozniak said.

Steve said the reason he has opted out of Facebook is the manner in which the social media site tends to use the personal info of its users to maximize its ad potential.

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

"With Facebook, you are the product", said the Apple senior executive, who is one of the latest prominent users who have called for quitting Facebook.

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Though only just now deactivating his account, Wozniak has levied similar criticism at Facebook in the past. Woz joined Apple CEO Tim Cook in criticizing the social network.

"To start, some members of Congress said they want Zuckerberg at the hearings to offer specifics about Cambridge Analytica - and Facebook's privacy practices writ large - even beyond the information the company has shared in recent weeks".

Days later, Elon Musk had the Tesla and SpaceX pages removed from Facebook. "I wouldn't be in that situation", Cook said recently. Several other well-known personalities also have deleted Facebook including comedians like Will Ferrell and Jim Carrey. He also notes that Apple handles security much better than Mark Zuckerberg's company. "I don't think at all that that means that we don't care about people".

Last month, we covered the #DeleteFacebook movement, and it looks like it's still going strong.

The list of protesters continues to grow as Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg prepares to testify to United States lawmakers next week.

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