Steve Wozniak Deactivates His Facebook Account

Steve Wozniak Deactivates His Facebook Account

Co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak, made news when he opted to deactivate his Facebook account. When it came to his social media presence he split it between Twitter and Facebook but has become dissatisfied with the latter platform. 

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In speaking with USA Today, The Woz noted that the recent data controversy between Facebook and Cambridge Analytica sealed it. “The profits are all based on the user’s info, but the users get none of the profits back,” Steve Wozniak said in an email. He went on to say “Apple makes it money off of good products, not off of you. As they say, with Facebook, you are the product.” 

The company’s recent woes come from a partnership of sorts with Britain’s Cambridge Analytica. This analytics firm had a hand in Trump’s presidential campaign. As we know, Facebook was one of several social media fronts where election interference took place.  

At the time, fake news thrived on the platform and the company was slow to tackling it until afterward. Data available from users was taken by the analytics firm which told Facebook the information was deleted. 

Following the revelation of the scandal, Wozniak said that he had considered closing his account for some time. But the Facebook-Cambridge situation was the nail in the coffin.  

“I am in the process of leaving Facebook,” Wozniak said in his final message before deactivating. “It’s brought me more negative than positives. Apple has more secure way to share things about yourself. I can still deal with old-school email and text messages.” 

SOURCE: USA Today 


Starting with Kabir News in 2013, James has focused on tech, gaming, and entertainment. When not writing, he enjoys catching up on sci-fi and horror shows and comics. He can be followed on Twitter @MetalSwift.

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