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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is quitting Facebook over data scandal

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is quitting Facebook over data scandal”

Apple's cofounder, Steve Wozniak, said that he plans to quit Facebook because the company doesn't respect user privacy or data. To know if it was a final departure message from Wozniak, certain agencies tried to contact him but in vain.

Last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Facebook should have fixed the problem before reaching this point.

This is not the first time that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has expressed discontent towards the tech firms. "Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this", Wozniak said.

Those reported had alleged the firm of collecting information from 50 million Facebook users - in a recent update, Facebook confirmed the number is actually close to 90 million.

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Days later, Zuckerberg hit back in an interview with Vox, calling Cook's comments ' extremely glib'. "I did not feel that this is what people want done to them", he wrote.

"I wouldn't be in the situation", Cook said, adding that Apple reviews every app to confirm that they all meet the company's stringent privacy standards.

Facebook has recently come under fire over its handling of user data. During the global business conference in Montreal previous year, Wozniak said that he is looking to "avoid Google and Facebook". In May 2017, Wozniak told the C2 conference in Montreal that he was trying to avoid Facebook and Google due to their data collection and ad-targeting practices.

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Several other high-profile users have removed themselves from the network completely, joining the #DeleteFacebook movement, including USA technology entrepreneur Elon Musk's accounts for his firms Tesla and Space X, singer Cher and actor Will Ferrell. Deleting his facebook pages for Tesla, SpaceX and SolarCity. Several other well-known personalities also have deleted Facebook including comedians like Will Ferrell and Jim Carrey. "Or transparency", he said in the statement.

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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