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Steve Wozniak quits Facebook amid data concerns, says report

Steve Wozniak quits Facebook amid data concerns, says report

Deleting his facebook pages for Tesla, SpaceX and SolarCity.

Christopher Ailman, chief investment officer of the California State Teachers' Retirement System, said Wednesday that he deactivated his personal account due to the "offensive" lack of oversight and poor management at Facebook. But, Wozniak confirmed the same in an email to USA Today.

Although Wozniak is no longer working Apple, his comments continues the back and forth between Facebook and Apple in which Apple is trying to position themselves as the bastions of privacy and security. And he heaped praise on the company he co-founded with the late Steve Jobs for respecting user privacy. Woz said that he would rather pay to use Facebook than have his data sold off.

The controversy sparked when Apple CEO Tim Cook in an interview to Recode and MSNBC said that he wouldn't be in the situation when he was asked what would he do if he were in Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg situation.

"To start, some members of Congress said they want Zuckerberg at the hearings to offer specifics about Cambridge Analytica - and Facebook's privacy practices writ large - even beyond the information the company has shared in recent weeks".

Wozniak's move came just before Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg planned to testify before congressional committees about the company's Cambridge Analytica scandal.

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". While it's possible to leave Facebook without retiring from Messenger, there's always the risk that Facebook will keep on collecting data on its users.

Wozniak also said that he would prefer paying money for Facebook and not have his data compromised. According to Wozniak, such firms use the widescale data collection operations to ace ad targeting.

Facebook has revealed that a whopping 87 million users may have been caught up in the scandal in which data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica used their personal information without their consent to help U.S. President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign.

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton - "who became a billionaire when Facebook purchased his app in 2014", as The Washington Post's Geoffrey A. Fowler noted - made waves last month when he took to Twitter, of all places, to declare: "It is time". Several other well-known personalities also have deleted Facebook including comedians like Will Ferrell and Jim Carrey.



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