Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak On Why He Will #DeleteFacebook

Wozniak said he didn't mind saying goodbye to his 5,000 Facebook friends.

Steve Wozniak, the cofounder of Apple, has formally deactivated his Facebook account. "It's brought me more negatives than positives", Wozniak writes in a post on April 8, as USA Today reports.

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. "I did not feel that this is what people want done to them", added Wozniak. He also stressed that Apple reviews all apps as a way to weed out potential violators of its privacy standards.

Wozniak said that Facebook doesn't protect its users' data the way Apple does, and instead profits from its user's information. Instead, users of the social media site itself are its products. In an email to USA Today, Wozniak said that people entrust their personal details on Facebook which in return generates money from this information. This is done out of concern for the fact that Facebook was careless about his data and the fact that they allowed Cambridge Analytica get away with it. Facebook banned Cambridge Analytica from its platform last month.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called Cook's comments "extremely glib".

Wozniak told the newspaper that while Facebook and similar social media websites are free for users, those companies sell advertising based on the demographics of users.

Earlier, another Silicon Valley leader, Elon Musk, deleted the Facebook pages of two of his companies, Tesla and SpaceX.

Starting Monday, the 87 million users whose data might have been shared with Cambridge Analytica will get a message in their news feeds.

Despite a smattering of high-profile defections, most Wall Street analysts don't expect a significant dent in Facebook's monthly user base of 2.2 billion worldwide.

"If you want to build a service which is not just serving rich people, then you need to have something that people can afford", Zuckerberg responded".

  • Aubrey Nash