Steve Wozniak, Co-founder of Apple says big tech companies like Apple should be broken up.
Steve Wozniak has always been a straight shooter who speaks his mind. And the Apple cofounder is not shying away from some bold statements, telling Bloomberg News that he thinks the Big Tech companies should be broken up. And that includes Apple.
"I am really against monopoly powers being used in unfair, antitrust manners—not opening up the world to equal competition [...] and I think that's happening a lot in Big Tech," Wozniak told Bloomberg News.
"I'm pretty much in favor of looking into splitting up big companies. I mean, I wish Apple on its own had split up a long time ago and spun off independent divisions to faraway places and let them think independently the way Hewlett Packard did when I worked there," the Apple co-founder said.
"I think Big Tech has gotten too big, it's too powerful a force in our lives and it's taken our choices away," Woz continued.
Woz made clear that his primary concern when it comes to the way that tech companies treat their customers is honesty. And he feels that companies like Facebook haven't been honest with their users.
"If you think you're getting one level of protection—of your security and your safety and your knowledge about you—you should be getting that level," Woz said. "If you send mail to somebody and say a few little things, "Hey my favorite color is green" to my wife, well, that should be kinda private. It's kinda like whispering in an ear. And it shouldn't be that anyone else had access and heard it."
This is far from the first time that Wozniak has criticized Big Tech. The Apple co-founder said back in July that he thinks everyone should ditch Facebook and has even made the plunge himself.
Beyond the issue of privacy, Wozniak said he was very proud of Apple for being able to branch out into so many different services beyond computers and said that he loves Apple Pay because it's so easy.
"Making life easy is what we were known for in computers," Wozniak told Bloomberg News. "And now Apple Pay, the Apple credit card, is even more secure."