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The Woz says goodbye to Facebook

The Woz says goodbye to Facebook
Thanks to the scandal involving Cambridge Analytica's use of 87 million Facebook members profiles without permission, one of the truly good guys of tech is saying goodbye to the social network. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak told USA Today that he is concerned with the manner in which Facebook and other similar companies carelessly use personal data generated by subscribers.

Wozniak, who left Apple in 1985, said that he would rather pay for Facebook and not have the company collect personal data and run ads. Last week, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said that if users of the social network want to opt out of viewing data-based ads, they would have to pay for the service.

Wozniak also backed Apple CEO Tim Cook's comment that his company would never be involved in a Facebook type scandal because Apple doesn't make their customer the product. Wozniak said, "Apple makes its money off of good products, not off of you. As they say, with Facebook, you are the product." 


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckberg has a big week coming up. On Tuesday, the executive will testify before a joint hearing of the Senate judiciary and commerce committees. The next day, Zuckerberg will speak in front of the House energy and commerce committee. Also on Wednesday, a 24-hour boycott of Facebook and its WhatsApp and Instagram apps will start.

source: USAToday

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30 Comments

Vokilam

Posts: 904; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

havent logged in to my facebook in over 2 years

IT-Engineer

Posts: 402; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

I love that man.

Klinton

Posts: 1407; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

'havent logged in to my facebook in over 2 years' (???) So it was not because of the Cambridge Analytica, but because of the Obama's campaign scandal with Facebook brutally serving him. Right?

Vokilam

Posts: 904; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

hah, didnt know about that, but heard about that today on radio i stopped using because of ads bombardment and extremely confusing layout - the clusterf### of a layout to keep you clicking (probably) was really the reason - i wouldnt mind a few ads here and there

therealestmc

Posts: 678; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Nothing is free in this world. How the heck you think Facebook keeps the lights on? Freaking idiots.

SIGPRO

Posts: 2789; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

True many people think that Facebook is free of charge. Well you don't pay with money but with your privacy! They make millions with your data and ads.

Leo_MC

Posts: 5740; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

It is not like Facebook is taking the data without your knowledge (as CA did), you are the one that is giving it your personal data... I know every single info I gave Facebook and it is only what I would have no problem being known by everyone.

Leo_MC

Posts: 5740; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

It is not like Facebook is taking the data without your knowledge (as CA did), you are the one that is giving it your personal data... I know every single info I gave Facebook and it is only what I would have no problem being known by everyone.

DolmioMan

Posts: 276; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

You can still make money without gross mishandling of user data such as selling ad space, most of the user data was given away for free anyway.

Marienx

Posts: 115; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

what a stupid comment, they could "keep the lights on" by advertising without user information. Just advertise it. Do you get catered adds on your TV based on your private information? No, and TVchannels are not going out of business.

Sunbae-min

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Stupid worry. How about other social like Weibo? Chinese don't care about this privacy issue only desperate Americans go freaking out.

halfey

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 25, 2017

That's why Americans don't use Weibo. And the Chinese probably already got used to being spied on since birth so it makes no difference to them.

L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1499; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

What relevance does Wozniak even have these days? He left Apple more than 30 years ago and he still gets talked about regularly for doing nothing but having an opinion.

Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I'm not a facebook user but this guy thats being out of the biz for 30 years thinks he is giving them the kiss of death.

IT-Engineer

Posts: 402; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

The Woz was the brains behind Apple. If it wasn't for him you wouldn't have Apple today. So yes his opinion is heard and respected by thousands of people

Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

woz was the brain's that led apple to bankruptcy so his opinion 30 years later is even more special.

PhoneCritic

Posts: 1337; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

That was Jobs - Steve would not listen to than CEO Sully who wanted to push Macs to business and allow others to make mac clones. Apple was having a rough time competing against the relentless onslaught of Bill Gates and Microsoft . Apple was going bankrupt. Steve Woz had left Apple at that time. It was not until Scully got Steve fired by the board that Apple turned a profit. However, it was to late by then as Apple was just a shadow of it's self. Eventually even Sully left and Apple meander through dry years on the verge of closing it's doors until they decide to bring back jobs by purchasing the company Next which he was running. But the Hard apple years did not start with Woz it was under Jobs

ijuanp03

Posts: 408; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Apple makes money because you buy from them or unless you wan't to pay $1000 to Facebook a year for the latest Facebook update then stop complaining.

southernzombie

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Ha! "Stop complaining" what planet do you live on?

path45th

Posts: 393; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Android and google apps are also free so it’s easy to guess that they are as bad as Facebook.

47AlphaTango

Posts: 709; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Not all google apps are free you know!

madnav

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 06, 2016

What about the scandal involving personal photos of celebrities that used iCloud?! xD That was far less problematic i suppose!! /s

sunnyfpy

Posts: 262; Member since: May 12, 2013

Don't show your Face

Linn_Drum

Posts: 79; Member since: Mar 21, 2018

They all do it at the end of the day. No one is safe!!!

sepkid

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Do you know how many people facebook have help sell thier goods online ? I am one. How would they have made that possible without data collection. It doesn't hurt you in anyway. It's a win and win situation. Havnt you seen any ads on facebook thst has helped yiu before? How did you think that is possible without data collection. Just shut up please. Because Trump wom election. They want to bring in politics in. #facebookIsGoodForAll my instagram is seppromotions

tokuzumi

Posts: 1709; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Not sure why anything the Woz says is news?

ibap

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Note that Apple is in the process of bugging users until they sign up for ApplePay. How is that not making the user the product?

47AlphaTango

Posts: 709; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

I have an iphone 7 plus. And the only thing that is bugging me is the ios updates. So where's the part that apple is bugging me to sign up for apple pay?

maku2017

Posts: 11; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

you can use facebook but dont need to put the correct details like example just use nickname rather than putting your full name and also you can put incorrect address and never put your number thats it

maku2017

Posts: 11; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

you can use facebook but dont need to put the correct details like example just use nickname rather than putting your full name and also you can put incorrect address and never put your number thats it

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