Steve Wozniak has deactivated his Facebook account because it makes money off of user data.
No?! Really?! What a surprise. Especially for a guy like Wozniak who doesn't know how that world works.
The profits are all based on the user's info, but the users get none of the profits back
If you make money with me, at least give me some!
When you pay in cash for something, do you expect the seller gives you back some of your money? I bet you don't. Here's the same thing: you are paying for a “service”. You don't pay in cash, but it doesn't mean there isn't some kind of value transfer.
Apple makes its money off of good products, not off of you
Apple's products aren't Facebook's products. You can't compare their business. They do different things (if you think of Apple as software and hardware manufacturer) and so they earn in a different way. Then, the correct sentence should have been Apple makes its money off of material products. Good or not, let the customers tell it. Is everything Apple sells a “material product”? I don't know and I don't care. But, Wozniak, don't play the innocence/purity card.
On every social network you are the product. That's a fact everybody should know, and surely Wozniak does long before he deleted his Facebook account.
Ads and spam are bad things these days and there are no controls over them. Or transparency.
We need awareness, not silly claims, fake innocence, or striking gestures from the powerful people who know very well how certain things go (and that very likely are also part of the game…)
There's a convergence of intents to kick Facebook's butt a little bit (watch the market, do not consider the game just an attempt to drive users away from it); morally it might deserve it, but it is not gold all that glitters — let's hope that in the middle of this battle something good can happen for the real “innocent” final users of this and other social networks.