Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak left Facebook due to the growing concern for security safeguards and the manner in which Facebook and other social media companies carelessly treat the personal information of users.
Wozniak says Facebook makes huge advertising money through user-provided information and the company gets a lot of profits but the users get none of the profits back.
Wozniak, who left Apple in 1985, said that he’d rather pay for Facebook than have personal data collected for advertising. He also said that Apple keeps more secure ways for respecting people’s privacy. In fact, the company makes money from its good products. “Ads and spam are bad things these days and there are no controls over them or transparency.”
Last week, COO of Facebook Sheryl Sandberg announced that if users want to select out of viewing data-based ads, then they would have to pay for the service.
Woz’s announcement points out the new development in back-and-forth corporate sniping by tech giants as Facebook survives with a scandal regarding the misuse of user data by Cambridge Analytica.
“We analyzed Facebook’s traffic over the course of March and believe that recent headlines around Facebook’s data policies have not meaningfully impacted engagement on the platform,” said Jefferies analyst Brent Thill.
This is not the first time Wozniak is commenting on social media giants, last year, he also stated, “I tried to avoid Google and Facebook,” at an international business conference in Montreal.
Wozniak said. “Ads and spam are bad things these days and there are no controls over them. Or transparency.”