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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak quits Facebook after data breach scandal

 Steve Wozniak was taken aback by the extent of Facebook's data collection when he changed and deleted some of his information before deactivating his account.

Edited by: India TV Tech Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: April 10, 2018 13:04 IST ]

Apple co-founder  Steve Wozniak 

Apple co-founder has joined the bandwagon of the tech leaders who are closing down their Facebook accounts after the infamous data breach. Steve Wozniak has shut down his Facebook account, expressing grave concern about the alleged data misuse.

Wozniak told the USA Today daily that he was taken aback by the extent of Facebook's data collection when he changed and deleted some of his information before deactivating his account, reports Xinhua. "I was surprised to see how many categories for ads and how many advertisers I had to get rid of, one at a time. I did not feel that this is what people want done to them," he said in an email to the American newspaper.

"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," he added.

He compared Apple with Facebook in their relations with users, saying "Apple makes its money off of good products, not off of you." "With Facebook, you are the product," said the Apple senior executive, who is one of the latest prominent users who have called for quitting Facebook. 

Last month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk deleted Facebook accounts for his two major companies, Tesla and SpaceX, in response to a call from WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton in a #deletefacebook campaign on Twitter. The tech leaders were concerned about the alleged revelation of the data of about 50 million Facebook users by a London-based data analysis company Cambridge Analytica.

Cambridge Analytica was accused of illegally accessing Facebook user data in violation of Facebook terms of service after the data was allegedly misused for US President Donald Trump's campaign efforts in 2016.

(With IANS inputs)

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