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12 April 2018, 12:17 | Harold Aguilar
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is deleting his Facebook account
To know if it was a final departure message from Wozniak, certain agencies tried to contact him but in vain.
Wozniaktold the newspaper that while Facebook and similar social media websites are free for users, those companies sell advertising based on the demographics of users. Woz joined Apple CEO Tim Cook in criticizing the social network. "I think the best regulation is no regulation, is self-regulation", he said.
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Wozniak's announcement comes as Facebook is under fire for its potential mishandling of user data with Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm that allegedly obtained personal information on as many as 87 million of Facebook users in an effort to influence elections.
Wozniak leaving Facebook is the latest in a tit-for-tat snipping among Silicon Valley tech moguls.
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"In an exclusive interview with MSNBC and Recode, he said that privacy is a human right". According to Wozniak, such firms use the widescale data collection operations to ace ad targeting. But unlike others, he's not completely deleting his Facebook account just yet.
Interestingly, Wozniak has indicated that he'd be willing to pay for Facebook if it meant not having the company collect and profit from his personal data in sentiments echoing Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg.
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