10% Of US Facebook Users Deleted Their Accounts Over Data-Privacy Scandal, Survey Shows
10% Of US Facebook Users Deleted Their Accounts Over Data-Privacy
Scandal, Survey Shows
by Tyler DurdenFri, 04/13/2018 - 15:15
It looks like Steve Wozniak and Elon Musk are in good
According to a recent poll conducted by Techpinions, a
technology research group, 9% of a sample of 1,000 people surveyed said they
had deleted their Facebook page in the wake of revelations that Cambridge
Analytica used the personal data of 87 million people in its work for the Trump
This revelation, brought to the attention of the media by
whistleblower Christopher Wylie (who promptly saw his own Facebook account
deleted by the company shortly after the New York Times and the Observer
published the initial exposes), ignited an international scandal about how
Facebook collects, stores and utilizes the personal data of its users to target
advertisements - a business that has transformed Facebook into perhaps the most
profitable company of its size in the history of capitalism.
While Facebook insists it doesn't "sell" data
to advertisers, for years, the company allowed third party app developers
nearly unfettered access to this data to build apps that could be integrated
with the platform (Farmville, anyone?).
The scandal led to the hashtag #DeleteFacebook to trend
on Twitter, and also inspired one of the co-founders of WhatsApp, a company
that was bought out by Facebook in 2014 for the astronomical sum of $19
billion, to declare that "it's time" to delete Facebook.
Techpinions told Business Insider that its sample was
representative of the broader US population in terms of demographic
To be sure, some of these people could be exaggerating or
outright lying about deleting the app. But perhaps the most surprising finding
of the study was the number of people who wanted Facebook to "go back to
how it was" more than seven years ago, before the public offering that
instantaneously transformed CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg into a multibillionaire
and one of the richest men in the world. Two out of five people surveyed said
they'd prefer Facebook go back to its roots.
As we pointed out earlier this week, Facebook user
engagement was already starting to fall by the wayside and the company was
already scrambling to figure out new methods for boosting its user engagement
before it came under fire over the past month for the Cambridge Analytica
Cowen’s monthly social engagement survey found that time
spent per day by users in the US fell modestly during Q1 - something Cowen's
analysts attributed to certain changes to the platform that have been made
All of this goes to show that, while Zuckerberg may have
made it through two days of Congressional hearings unscathed, the company has a
long way to go to recover from the scandal - even after promising it would make
changes to how it secures user data that would "significantly impact
profitability going forward."
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