Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says he’s left Facebook over data collection

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says he’s left Facebook over data collection, by Jessica Guynn.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak told USA TODAY he’s leaving Facebook out of growing concern for the carelessness with which Facebook and other Internet companies treat the private information of users.

“Users provide every detail of their life to Facebook and … Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this,” he said in an email to USA TODAY. “The profits are all based on the user’s info, but the users get none of the profits back.”

Wozniak said he’d rather pay for Facebook than have his personal information exploited for advertising. And he heaped praise on Apple for respecting people’s privacy.

“Apple makes its money off of good products, not off of you,” Wozniak said. “As they say, with Facebook, you are the product.” …

“If you want to build a service which is not just serving rich people, then you need to have something that people can afford,” said Zuckerberg.

Championing his own company’s business model, Zuckerberg also said: “At Facebook, we are squarely in the camp of the companies that work hard to charge you less and provide a free service that everyone can use. I don’t think at all that that means that we don’t care about people.”