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Tech & Science 'You are the product': Apple's co-founder Steve Wozniak is quitting Facebook

02:01  10 april  2018
02:01  10 april  2018 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

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Steve Wozniak , co - founder of Apple , said he’ s quitting Facebook over privacy concerns. “ Apple makes its money off of good products , not off of you ,” he told the paper. “As they say, with Facebook , you are the product .”

Apple co - founder Steve Wozniak , known as Woz, says he deactivated his Facebook account because "with Facebook , you are the product ." Wozniak is one of the prominent users who have called it quits .

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Apple's co-founder, Steve Wozniak, said that he plans to quit Facebook because the company doesn't respect user privacy or data.

In an email to USA Today, Wozniak wrote: "Users provide every detail of their life to Facebook and ... Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this. The profits are all based on the user's info, but the users get none of the profits back."

He continued: "Apple makes its money off of good products, not off of you. As they say, with Facebook, you are the product."

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Apple co - founder Steve Wozniak , known as Woz, says he deactivated his Facebook account because "with Facebook , you are the product ." Wozniak is one of the prominent users who have called it quits .

Apple co - founder Steve Wozniak told USA Today that he’ s planning on deleting his Facebook account, due to the social network’ s lack of respect for their users’ privacy or data.

Wozniak is referring to a common argument here: that consumers who use free services on the internet provided by Google and Facebook are paying with their own data, rather than money, because those companies track their browsing and usage habits, then sell ads against that information.

Apple, on the other hand, charges a lot of money for the iPhone, but doesn't use your information for ads.

Wozniak also said he would rather pay a fee to Facebook than have his information used for advertising.

  'You are the product': Apple's co-founder Steve Wozniak is quitting Facebook © Provided by Business Insider Inc Wozniak's #deleteFacebook moment is well-timed for Apple

A cynic might wonder about the timing of Steve Wozniak's comments. They coincide with Facebook being at its lowest ebb publicly and politically.

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It's true that most of the social network's users had no idea until now what the company was doing with their data. But Wozniak is highly technical, and has previously made it clear that he's aware that Facebook and Google use his data for advertising, and that he doesn't like it.

For tech-savvy users, the Cambridge Analytica scandal simply encapsulates what privacy activists have been warning about for years.

His remarks also coincide with public sniping between Apple CEO Tim Cook, who said Facebook's situation was "dire", and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who described those remarks as "glib."

It seems like now is an opportune time for Apple executives, current and former, to play up the company's strengths in privacy.

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