Most people should get off Facebook, recommended Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
This was reportedly said by the 68-year-old engineer and entrepreneur to TMZ in Washington D.C.
“There are many different kinds of people, and [for] some, the benefits of Facebook are worth the loss of privacy,” Wozniak told TMZ. “But to many like myself, my recommendation is — to most people — is you should figure out a way to get off Facebook.”
Or Wozniak suggested, the option of privacy should be given by Facebook and its competitors.
“People think they have a level of privacy they don’t. Why don’t they give me a choice?” Wozniak said. “Let me pay a certain amount, and you’ll keep my data more secure and private than everybody else handing it to advertisers.”
There were no comments available from Facebook on this issue.
Wozniak had removed his Facebook account himself in April of 2018..
“I am in the process of leaving Facebook. It’s brought me more negatives than positives. Apple has more secure ways to share things about yourself. I can still deal with old school email and text messages,” he wrote before he had deactivated his account, according ot a report published in USA Today.
“Users provide every detail of their life to Facebook and … Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this,” he told USA Today in April. “The profits are all based on the user’s info, but the users get none of the profits back.”
“I don’t think we can stop it, though. But everything about you… I mean, they can measure your heartbeat with lasers now, they can listen to you with a lot of devices. Who knows if my cellphone’s listening right now. Alexa has already been in the news a lot, ” Wozniak said.
A report published by Bloomberg in April this year had claimed that thousands of employees of Amazon were able to listen to what people were saying when they communicated with their Alexa virtual assistant that is inbuilt in devices such as the Amazon Echo. In response to that news, Amazon had said that “an extremely small sample” of the total voice data was listened to by its employees with the sole aim of enhancement of user experience.
Fingers at much of the Silicon Valley tech cohort was also pointed out by fellow Apple bigwig, Tim Cook, CEO of the company. “Lately it seems this industry is becoming better known for a less noble innovation – the belief you can claim credit without accepting responsibility,” Cook said in a Stanford University commencement address in June.
“We see it every day now with every data breach, every privacy violation, every blind eye turned to hate speech, fake news poisoning out national conversation, the false miracles in exchange for a single drop of your blood.”
Cook continued: “It feels a bit crazy that anyone should have to say this, but if you built a chaos factory, you can’t dodge responsibility for the chaos.”
(Adapted form BBC.com)