Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak shutting down Facebook account

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak shutting down Facebook account

Steve Wozniak, a co-founder of Apple, is closing down his Facebook account amid the ongoing privacy scandal facing the social media giant.

"Users provide every detail of their life to Facebook and ... Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this," Wozniak told USA TODAY in an email.


"The profits are all based on the user’s info, but the users get none of the profits back."

Wozniak in his comments to the newspaper alluded to the same difference Apple CEO Tim Cook described in an interview in which he compared the two companies’ business models.

"Apple makes its money off of good products, not off of you," Wozniak told the newspaper. "As they say, with Facebook, you are the product." 

Wozniak’s decision to close down his account comes amid the ongoing fallout from revelations that the British data firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked on President Trump's 2016 campaign, acquired the Facebook data of more than 87 million users without their consent. 

The scandal has thrust Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergSenate Dem asks tech companies to look into Saudi propaganda efforts Hillicon Valley: Russia-linked hackers hit Eastern European companies | Twitter shares data on influence campaigns | Dems blast Trump over China interference claims | Saudi crisis tests Silicon Valley | Apple to let customers download their data Public funds support proposal to remove Zuckerberg as Facebook chairman MORE into the spotlight, as he makes his way to Capitol Hill this week for back-to-back appearances. 

Zuckerberg on Tuesday will testify in front of a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees, followed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday.