Woz Quits FB

One rather hopes, but one suspects not, that people will desert Facebook in their zillions.

Otherwise social media sites will think they can get away with murder.

The highest profile Facebook Leaver is Steve Wozniak who told USA Today that he is fed up social media sites’ careless attitude to peoples’ private information.

“Users provide every detail of their life to Facebook and … Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this,” says Woz,  “the profits are all based on the user’s info, but the users get none of the profits back.”

“Apple makes its money off of good products, not off of you,” Wozniak said, “as they say, with Facebook, you are the product.”

Apple boss Tim Cook contrasts FB’s free and easy approach to letting anyone post any content on its site to  Apple’s attitude to contributed content where it reviews apevery app submitted.

“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,” says Cook, “we don’t believe that.”



  1. Maybe whenever anyone feels the urge to log on to FB they should go down the pub instead.

  2. It’s like giving up smoking. What do you replace it with? FB is insanely popular because it satisfies a need. Ikhave to be honest though and confess that I love the ability to stay in touch with friends and family as they roam around the world, and I especially love that window into grandchildrens’ early days when they live so far away.
    I will happily cut loose from FB as soon as I find a workable alternative. One that doesn’t embody the same sins. Any ideas please?

    • how about replacing it with the ability to take deep breaths and with the sense of freedom from a bad bad habit?

      • Ah well, smoking’s fairly easy by comparison. Depends on what your interests are. Like I mentioned, those cute pics of the little ones?

  3. Who better than Woz then to understand the wiles of these Californian techies?

  4. David, Apple, the company that Woz co-founded continually get away with murder. The latest being caught slowing down older products is successfully re-badged as preserving their physical integrity.

  5. Yes SEPAM, out of a very large can of worms opened by these hearings, one of the nastiest worms is the collection and storage of details on non-FB subscribers. One can see the Mother Of All Class Action Lawsuits looming.

  6. Yes it’s interesting Duncan, At the moment most people seem happy to discard their privacy like an unwanted coat. But when/if they want the coat back, then bye bye FB. It all depends on the scale of inconvenience suffered by FB users as a result of them discarding their privacy and if the young start to look on FB users as uncool or suckers, I’ve noticed that, lately, more people than used to say they don’t use FB.

    • SecretEuroPatentAgentMan

      The problem goes beyond people discarding their own privacy, FB builds shadow profiles which means people discard the privacy of third parties who have no idea what is happening or can even know the scope of this atrocity.

      I wonder when it comes to light that more tan US intelligence agencies have tapped FB. The target is too juicy for anyone to resist.

  7. I suspect that Apple also make a lot of money from Apps, in App purchases, Music etc.

    The latest wheeze in IOS games seems to be to watch an advert or install a new app to earn gems for power-ups rather than buying them. The amount offered for signing up to online gaming sites shows where the big money is.

    Having said all that you do have the option of installing the games and playing them (the hard way) for free.

    Regarding Facebook I wonder what the chances are of them going the same way as MySpace, AltaVista etc. I also wonder how popular a paid for but scandal free social media site would be. People seem to be happy to pay large amounts for Mobile Phone contracts. Several internet pioneers including Tim Berners-Lee have commented that the current paid for by advertising system doesn’t seem to be working very well.

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