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Steve Wozniak Warns People to Get Off of Facebook due to Privacy Concerns

Steve Wozniak is a co-founder of Apple, along with his long-time friend, the late Steve Jobs. Wozniak has enjoyed an “insider’s view” of the personal computer industry longer than most people. In short, his opinion counts for more than most other people.

Steve Wozniak has a warning for anyone who uses social media … the platforms are eavesdropping on your private conversations, and sending that precious data to advertisers.

When asked about the spying conducted by Facebook and other social media, Wozniak replied:

“I’m worried about everything,” Wozniak replied. “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 alot.

“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. 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 then everybody else handing it to advertisers.”

Wozniak was also asked if we should “get rid of Facebook and Instagram…” His reply?

“There are many different kinds of people, and some the benefits of Facebook are worth the loss of privacy. But to many like myself, my recommendation is — to most people — you should figure out a way to get off Facebook.”

You can watch a video of the interview with Steve Wozniak at: https://www.tmz.com/2019/06/28/steve-wozniak-facebook-eavesdrop-private-conversations-warning/.

Categories: Online Privacy & Security

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