Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Isn't Using Facebook Anymore Due To Concerns About Data Collection

Woz joins #deletefacebook.


It's been a rough few weeks for Facebook. The social media giant has been caught up in a wave of scandals regarding its data collection practices, most notably those that allowed political consultant firm Cambridge Analytica to inappropriately access millions of users' information. In response, a significant public backlash has risen, with many people deleting their Facebook accounts and leaving the service. Recently, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak announced that he is joining the opposition and will not use the service any longer.

Wozniak explained to USA Today that he has grown uncomfortable with Facebook's business model and practices. In his words, Facebook is essentially making money on the identities and info of its users without the users seeing any of the proceeds.

"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 also stated that Apple's practices are more palatable, and that the company "makes its money off of good products, not off of you." When he announced his intent to not use Facebook anymore, he wrote, "I am in the process of leaving Facebook. It's brought me more negatives than positives. Apple has more secure ways to share things about yourself. I can still deal with old school email and text messages."

This isn't the first time that an Apple-affiliated figure has spoken up against Facebook. CEO Tim Cook himself critiqued the social media giant recently, remarking that "I wouldn't be in the situation... We don't subscribe to the view that you have to let everybody in that wants to, or if you don't, you don't believe in free speech."

Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, is scheduled to testify to Congress about privacy issues tomorrow, April 10. You can read more about his testimony and what to expect on GameSpot sister site CNET.

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I just find it baffling people are so up in arms over the whole Facebook thing.

It's been known since day 1 that any and all information you share on Facebook belongs to Facebook, to do what they want with.

It was just a matter of time before, that the data would be used for political data mining.

If you had issues with your info being used in the way, you shouldn't have used the service to begin with.

I blame the end users for being so naive about how Facebook was using your data.

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@mike468: Yeah I never understood people feigning surprise by all the stuff facebook get revealed to have been doing. I never used facebook because its founder has openly admitted MULTIPLE times to being able to sell it user's data.

Hell he founded it to hook up with girls, so what a shocking discovery that he uses it for personal gains.

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@mike468: It has been known that FB collects your data. What was NOT known was that other people on your friends list can approve a 3rd party company to take YOUR data (by hitting 'agree' on their app terms of service) without your explicit approval. That's why this is a problem.

In other words, your friend installs 'candy crush facebook game' on their profile, and agree to the terms of service, and now candy crush can access YOUR info because your friend installed it and agreed to the terms. You didn't agree to those terms. Perhaps you are the kind of person who refuses to install 3rd party FB apps on your account, and don't log into other sites using FB login, but surprise, your data was given away because your friend allowed it unknowingly.

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@Phazevariance: While true, for 95% of the public they openly and freely give away that information period. They have not once cared and still don't. How many will actually delete their FB and OR Google accounts?Answer- less than 1%. Google is just as bad as FB. They(FB and google) are tracking every way they can every day all day for the explicit purpose of selling that same information to whomever is willing to pay. Why do you think their apps/services are "free"? Its obvious, you are the product being sold to the highest bidder.

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Good thing I deleted that waste of time 2 years ago. We livin' the most.

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Ha Wozniak! You're not fooling me Steve or should I say... Santa Clause!

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I believe a big "DUH" is in order here. Anyone who saw ads for stuff they looked at on other websites popping up on their FB feed should have known they're just being used. I just find it funny that Cambridge Analytica was the tipping point when the incumbent administration used similar data mining techniques to huge success in 2008 and 2016. I mean, to each their own, but the conditional nature of accepting this behavior is dumbfounding.

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I have a facebook account and use it here and there on my phone (usually when I'm doing my business, if you get my drift) and it never ceases to amaze me that I can go onto a website on my PC (which has never been used to connect to FB), let's say Harbor Freight Tools to look at a bandsaw, and the next time I "do my business" I'm looking at an ad for Harbor Freight's bandsaw in my FB newsfeed ON MY PHONE. Tell me that's not creepy.

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@93ChevyNut: My wife sees ads for the same stereo equipment on her phone that I've looked at on my PC through Amazon. There's more going on to data collecting than we know.

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@khanwashere: @93ChevyNut There is no way you guys can be that naive. Its been like this for ages now. Its only making headlines because of who used it as part of the election process while the other team- Obama and company BRAGGED OPENLY that they used all the information Facebook and google had for the 2012 election.(not that I'm for or against either party just pointing out the obvious) Anytime you use FB or Google, If you don't want to be tracked you have to go in a clear your entire cache of everything, or its going to get tracked and sent to FB and google due to cookies and those damned"like" buttons and NEVER have add-ons and or apps of either.

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@spartanx169x: It's not that I didn't know it was happening, I just can't believe that's the world we live in. I'm just curious how FB links to what I look at on my PC. IP address?

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@khanwashere: I'm glad it's not just me!

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deleted my facebook back in January. Couldn't stand that thing anymore.

Hopefully this thing will disappear soon

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@furiouswk: you can’t delete it, only deactivate it, for yourself. Assbook can still provide your fata to anyone it wants. Read the eula next time, 5 mins but worth it.

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Smart man doing a smart thing - again.

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Ohhh, now I know why the FBI keeps on questioning me.

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@moonco: Because you're very pwetty lady? ?

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Dayum, I really wanted to know what a millionaire has for breakfast and watch videos of his oh-so-funny pets too!

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For those of you who sit squarely in the 'I haven't done anything wrong, so why worry about the amount of cameras watching me,'camp. May I suggest that this is probably the most important issue I've read on gamespot so far, along with net neutrality. Neither, should be dismissed as unimportant. Oh, and just for anyone who is interested. Just logging on to this site attracts over twenty 'tracking' companies, monitoring your activities for marketing purposes and got knows what else! If you would like to see this for yourself, trying using Epic browser, for Windows, or install Privacy badger from the EFF, which works in almost any browser (can use on Linux OS). I'm not going to preach, on the dangers of data collection, but I do recommend you actually research before you comment. The biggest problem, as I see it, is the people who really understand how all this works are not on the side of the people. There simply isn't enough smart people working on our behalf, to redress the balance and protect are rights to privacy. Some have commented that elements of our personal data is readily available. Well, yes. But that isn't the kind of data that's of any real value. Besides, it not data, it's how it's used, that becomes dangerous. I urge people to research and understand the implications involved with this industry. It is most definitely not, benign. Anyway, that's just my opinion, other opinions do exist.

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Twatter, Fakebook, Google, they all have ulterior motives...datadatadata!!!

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I never used it in the first place, because then my account would be flooded with my mother, aunt and uncles sending me links to fake shit or some stupid nonsense.

Only social media app I'm using is Instagram and that's just for business.

As for data collection, I don't think it's limited to Facebook, if you have a phone and on 3G your personal data is bound to be in some corporate database.

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I never used Assbook nor Tweeter nor any of that shit. People laughed at me, they have no idea how dumb they are. The sad thing is, the eula back then already said your private data can be provided to anyone for marketing purposes.

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Why is Mr Zuck not being charged with theft and in prison? Does he work for the CIA?

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Ive always been a bit mystified about why people value their privacy so much from non-personal entities.

I mean, the only personal information I wouldn't want out there is my banking information because that can have a very direct, negative impact on me. But personal information being collected by hackers, being sold to companies, or being spied on by the government? Who gives a damn?

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@P00DGE: Give me your real name, date of birth, permanent address, occupation, contact number as well as a passport size photo of yours.

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@speed45823: To be fair, and this is coming from someone who has and never will use Facebook. All you need is one piece of that information and you could find out the rest through the census. But then to the best of my knowledge you don't necessarily have to share all of that on Facebook.

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@pointingmonkey: I think this is what most people seem to be forgetting. They log into everything using Facebook, do those stupid "which colour unicorn are you based on your profile photo?" tests, detail their whole lives in there, click the ads because they're bored and then all of a sudden "omg, why does FB have my info??"

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@korvus: I have it on my email, they keep asking for my phone number. But I refuse to allow them to have it. I even once change my password to *expletive*yahoo, somehow I got locked out of my email for a day.