Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak addresses audience of a Silicon Valley documentary screening at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. in January, 2018.Image: Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images for DiscoveryBy Monica Chin2018-04-09 16:41:20 UTC
In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica controversy, the #DeleteFacebook movement grows by the day.
This weekend, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak joined its numbers. Wozniak told USA Today on Sunday that he’s leaving Facebook out of concern for its treatment of data and privacy.
“Users provide every detail of their life to Facebook and…Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this,” he said. “The profits are all based on the user’s info, but the users get none of the profits back.”
Wozniak reportedly said he’d rather pay for Facebook than expose his personal information to advertisers, and claimed that Apple’s model is better. “Apple makes its money off of good products, not off of you,” he said.
This announcement follows March’s Cambridge Analytica data scandal, which led to the UK-based security firm acquiring about 87 million Facebook users’ data without their knowledge.
Woz joins a host of executives who have criticized Facebook’s content, including WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton, one of the earliest adopters of the #DeleteFacebook hashtag, and Elon Musk, who has deleted SpaceX’s and Tesla’s Facebook pages. He also joins Apple CEO Tim Cook, who recently threw some heavy shade at Mark Zuckerberg in an MSNBC interview.
Dozens of other celebrities have shown their support for the #DeleteFacebook movement citing its mishandling of user data.
2day I did something VERY HARD 4 me.Facebook has helped me with my Charity, &there are amazing young Ppl there.I have a special friend (Lauren)who I Respect & Admire,but today I deleted my Facebook account .I Love My🇺🇸🙏🏻.I Believe….There are Things MORE”IMPORTANT”THAN💰💰
— Cher (@cher) March 21, 2018
so @FACEBOOK – can u put a new red flashing button that says I QUIT NOW – so we who want to leave ur treasonous company can – #easily ???
— ROSIE (@Rosie) March 27, 2018
In the wake of the breach, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced several changes to the platform which he claims will limit advertisers’ access to user data. Zuckerberg will testify to Congress April 10 and 11.