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Apple Cofounder Is Quitting Facebook Amid Privacy Concerns

If there’s a Steve who knows anything about tech and data, it’s this one.

Audrey Bowers

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Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak is planning on quitting Facebook because he believes that the company doesn’t respect its customers data or privacy, according to Business Insider.

“Users provide every detail of their life to Facebook and … Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this,” Wozniak wrote 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.

A common argument about why websites like Facebook and Google are free is because of the fact that users are paying with their data and private information rather than money. This data and information found through one’s general browsing and internet use are used to create advertisements.

Wozniak says that he would rather pay extra money to Facebook rather than allow them to have and use his information. This comment coincides with the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. Privacy activists have been warning the general public about this for years, but the realization that third party companies are now able to have access to user data is concerning to say the least. This, however, is good for Apple, who as a company prides itself in not using customer’s data as a result as charging users more for their products. Tim Cook’s CEO, said that Facebook’s situation was “dire.”

Will privacy and data concerns discourage users from using Facebook or will social media continue forward as usual?

 

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Audrey Bowers is a creative writing major at Ball State University. She enjoys writing for CMN as well as for her school's newspaper and other publications. You'll probably find her drinking iced coffee and retweeting pictures of corgis.

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