Apple co-founder 'dumps' Facebook

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says he's quitting Facebook as the social media giant faces a series of high-profile controversies over the misuse of users' data.

In an email to USA Today, Steve Wozniak suggested that although Apple earns revenue from good products, those products are not the users.

Facebook has been dogged by accusations it has been careless, at best, with how it handles users' information.

Cambridge Analytica, a London-based data firm tied to President Donald Trump's campaign, gained access to information for an estimated 87 million Facebook users without their knowledge.

However, Woz hasn't deleted his account entirely, and said he's instead chose to deactivate it in order to retain his "stevewoz" handle. "It has given me less positives and extra negatives", Wozniak claimed this week in a Facebook post. Woz joined Apple CEO Tim Cook in criticizing the social network. Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this. "I did not feel that this is what people want done to them", he said.

Wozniak's official public page on Facebook, which has about 230,000 followers, was still active as of Monday morning but now has only two active posts. The CEO also called for new data-privacy legislation, saying that while his preference is for industries to self-regulate, "I think we're beyond that here". He wrote that the company monetizes its users' data and considers them as "products". During a joint interview with Recode and MSNBC, he was asked what he would do about the crisis if he were in Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's position.

Zuckerberg fired back, calling the statement "extremely glib" and explaining that ads are a way to offer its service for free so it doesn't only serve "rich people". Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg just recently stated that Facebook users should pay for the option to not have data-tracking ads.

Steve Wozniak is the latest among several other celebrities to have bunked Facebook though for a change, Steve said he has only deactivated the account and not deleted it entirely.

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