Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Wishes Apple Had ‘Split Up a Long Time Ago’

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said he’s in favor of breaking up big tech companies, including Apple, Facebook, and Google.

In a new interview with Bloomberg TV, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said that the company should have “split up a long time ago.” Wozniak praised Apple during a Tuesday interview, but also criticized “Big Tech” as a whole, arguing that it’s become too big. 

“I am really against monopoly powers being used in unfair antitrust manners … and I think that’s happened a lot in big tech and that they can get away with a lot of bad things,” he said. “I’m pretty much in favor of looking into splitting up 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.”

“I think Big Tech has gotten too big, it’s too powerful a force in our life and it’s taken our choices away,” Woz continued.

He did, however, appreciate Apple for being the “best of the companies” at “caring about the customers” and “just making money out of good products not really tracking you and following you.”

His comments come as US tech giants face multiple antitrust investigations and increasing calls to break up big tech companies, including from US Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

Wozniak also criticized tech companies for using humans to listen to voice assistants, pointing to Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri, saying it infringes on privacy. Microsoft, Apple, Google and Amazon have all been called out for doing so.

Check out the entire interview below.

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