Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has some advice for most Facebook users: Delete your account.
The millionaire, who co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs, recently said that a lack of privacy is his main concern regarding the Menlo Park, Calif., company and Big Tech in general.
“There are many different kinds of people, and some [of] the benefits of Facebook are worth the loss of privacy,” Wozniak told TMZ, which spoke with the tech mogul at Reagan National Airport in DC. “But too many like myself, my recommendation is — to most people — you should figure out a way to get off Facebook.”
Wozniak deleted his Facebook account back in March 2018, shortly after news broke about the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, which revealed that the private data of millions of Facebook users was being harnessed by the firm that worked for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. The United Kingdom’s top data watchdog group concluded that Cambridge Analytica’s use of Facebook’s data was illegal under British law.
He continued: “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.”
“So I worry because you’re having conversations that you think are private … You’re saying words that really shouldn’t be listened to, because you don’t expect it. But there’s almost no way to stop it,” Wozniak said.
During the TMZ interview, Wozniak suggested that the social network could offer a paid option that protects users’ privacy.
“People think they have a level of privacy they don’t. Why don’t they give me a choice? Let me pay a certain amount and you’ll keep my data more secure and private than everybody else handing it to advertisers.”