Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak quit Facebook. His departure from the social network is due to privacy concerns.
“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.”
I quit Facebook in July over some of the same concerns. Another high-profile user, Elon Musk, deleted both his Telsa and SpaceX Facebook pages in March after a request from a fan on Twitter.
“As they say, with Facebook, you are the product.”Steve Wozniak
87 million Facebook users had their data compromised by Cambridge Analytica and impacted users will find messages in their news feeds today (ex-Facebook users won’t receive any notice). All “however-many-kabillion” users will get a message about privacy settings. Additionally, Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a committee on Capitol Hill this week regarding the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which should make lawmakers salivate over accusations Facebook is a monopoly and/or claims the network tries to manipulate elections by banning and censoring user content. Time will tell.
Another update is in the works – Zuckerberg makes an attempt to twart accusations Facebook is a monopoly by rebranding Instagram and WhatsApp with a “by Facebook” tagline, ala “Workplace by Facebook”, insisting Facebook is a social messaging company. Well Zuck, I use Telegram for that. I don’t need your “network”.
Pure hoakum, I say. Facebook uses it’s users. Many trust(ed) the network and provided more personal details than necessary – past employment, residences, birthdates – the type of information asked on a job or loan application.
Wozniak says it best – “Apple makes its money off of good products, not off of you. As they say, with Facebook, you are the product.”