The Woz would pay for a version that doesn’t data mine. Would you?
The latest big name to leave Facebook is none other than Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. On Sunday, the Woz posted one final Facebook update, “I am in the process of leaving Facebook. It’s brought me more negatives than positives. Apple has more secure ways to share things about yourself. I can still deal with old school email and text messages.”
Wozniak is leaving the social media platform because of the data collected on the users, and how that information is used in advertising. In an email to USA Today, he explained, “Ads and spam are bad things these days and there are no controls over them. Or transparency.”
Wozniak isn’t exactly joining the #DeleteFacebook craze though, as he has deactivated his account as opposed to deleting it. Why? Because he doesn’t want to lose the “stevewoz” screen name to someone else.
Wozniak offers a solution that I’ve yet to hear others mention. That he’d be willing to pay for Facebook rather have his data used for monetization. Things aren’t free. One way or another, companies need to get paid in order to create these services. Would people be willing to pay for Facebook in order to keep control of their own personal data? Let’s find out. Take the poll below and let us know your thoughts on the subject.