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12 April 2018, 07:15 | Kristen Gross
Christopher Wylie, a whistleblower who once worked at Cambridge Analytica has said that it worked with Canadian company AggregateIQ
The announcement of the tech pioneer marks the recent development in backward and forward corporate sniping by tech leaders as Facebook deals with a disgrace over the possible mistreatment of consumer data by Cambridge Analytica-the political targeting firm. Wozniak, 67, who spoke to USA Today over an email interview, said he was not happy with the social media giant's using private information to improve target advertising.
To say the past few weeks have been rough for Facebook is putting it lightly.
Additionally, almost all of Facebook's users could've had an app siphon off their user data without their consent at some point during their Facebook lives. Initially, it was reported that personal information for 50 million Facebook users had been compromised - the number was then adjusted upward to 87 million.
The Facebook founder told reporters last week that the company hasn't observed any "meaningful impact" from the #DeleteFacebook movement or related advertiser threats to curtail spending on Facebook.
Steve also used the opportunity to uphold the high standards Apple maintains when it comes to safeguarding the privacy and its users.
Wozniak also compared Facebook's money-making tactics to that of Apple.
Wozniak'sdeparture from the platform is the latest bit of negative news for Facebook in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. "I did not feel that this is what people want done to them", he said. "The truth is, we could make a ton of money if we monetized our customer - if our customer was our product", Cook said.
Apple has always taken a strong stance on user privacy, which is relatively easy for the company, given that it sells products rather than user data.
"We don't subscribe to the view that you have to let [every app] in that wants to, or if you don't, you don't believe in free speech", said Cook.
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