Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who last year deleted his Facebook account over concerns about the social media company’s troubles protecting the privacy of its users, says people should get off the platform.
“I worry because you’re having conversations that you think are private. … You’re saying words that really shouldn’t be listened to because you don’t expect it,” Wozniak said during an interview with TMZ on June 28 at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. “But there’s almost no way to stop it. People think they have a level of privacy they don’t.”
“There are many different kinds of people, and some, the benefits of Facebook are worth the loss of privacy, but to many like myself, my recommendation is — to most people — is you should figure out a way to get off Facebook,” Wozniak added.
Wozniak dumped Facebook three weeks after the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke in March 2018.
Facebook said Cambridge University lecturer Aleksandr Kogan collected the data of nearly 50 million Facebook users legitimately through a personality quiz app but then allegedly violated the company’s terms by sharing the information with Cambridge Analytica, a firm later hired by the Trump presidential campaign during the 2016 election.
Facebook knew of the infraction in 2015 but did not inform the public.
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