Facebook has created a huge controversy by selling the user data. After Facebook confirmed that Cambridge Analytica has used data that had been collected from 50 million users without their consent. All hell broke loose as people started to bash Facebook for its practice of selling personal information.
In an email interview with the USA Today, Apple, co-founder, Woz said that he is going to quit Facebook due to the privacy-related issues. He criticized Facebook over the use of private information to improve target advertising. He wrote that the company monetizes its users’ data and considers them as “products”.
“Users provide every detail of their life to Facebook and … Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this,” Wozniak said. “The profits are all based on the user’s info, but the users get none of the profits back.”
The co-founder also compared Apple to Facebook and he further added “Apple makes its money off of good products, not off of you. As they say, with Facebook, you are the product.” Woz said that he would rather pay to use Facebook than have his data sold off.
Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg previously said that the users should expect to pay if they don’t want their information to be used for targeted advertising. Tim Cook had commented earlier that he wouldn’t find himself and Apple in the same situation as Zuckerberg and Facebook as Apple respects its customers’ privacy.
“We don’t subscribe to the view that you have to let everybody in that wants to, or if you don’t, you don’t believe in free speech,” Cook said. “We don’t believe that.”