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Steve Wozniak left Facebook, 'there are no controls over ads'

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak told USA TODAY he's leaving Facebook out of growing concern for the carelessness with which Facebook and other Internet companies treat the private information of users.

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"Users provide every detail of their life to Facebook and... Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this," he said in an email to USA TODAY.

"The profits are all based on the user’s info, but the users get none of the profits back."

Wozniak said he'd rather pay for Facebook than have his personal information exploited for advertising. And he heaped praise on Apple for respecting people's privacy.

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

"I was surprised to see how many categories for ads and how many advertisers I had to get rid of, one at a time. I did not feel that this is what people want done to them," he said.

"Ads and spam are bad things these days and there are no controls over them. Or transparency."

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