Americans are changing their relationship with Facebook2018-09-05 17:38 by Daniela
Bad days have come for Facebook. A new Pew Research Center survey among Americans shows that more than half of users (54 percent) have adjusted privacy settings; around 42 percent have taken a break from Facebook of at least a few weeks; and around a quarter (26 percent) said they had deleted the Facebook app from their cellphone.
Pew also found that younger users are stepping away from Facebook more often than older users. Survey data shows that 44 percent of users between the ages of 18 and 29 have deleted the Facebook app from their phone in the past year versus just 12 percent of users ages 65 and older that have done the same. Similarly, only about a third of older Facebook users have adjusted privacy settings over the past year compared to 64 percent of younger users.
Users didn't say exactly why they'd taken these steps, but the numbers do dovetail with the increasing scrutiny Facebook has been under over its data privacy policies and the way it treats its users. At the same time this Pew Study was published, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg was testifying before Congress on foreign interference in American politics vis a vis Facebook.
Concerns about privacy, in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica crisis, which resulted in the potential mishandling of as many as 87 million Facebook users' personal information, have plagued Facebook. Those concerns, as well as the spread of divisiveness online in the hyper-politicized post-election environment, has led some users to profess to using the site less – or leaving altogether.
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