10% Of US Facebook Users Deleted Their Accounts Over Data-Privacy Scandal, Survey Shows

It looks like Steve Wozniak and Elon Musk are in good company.

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 campaign.

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.

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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 representation.

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 scandal.

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 since 2017. 

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."

 

 

Comments

Adolph.H. VAL THOR Fri, 04/13/2018 - 15:23 Permalink

Facebook lost approximately 10% of its dumb fucks and half of its value.  I love this kind of arithmetic. This is extremely good and will only accelerate up to the point where it becomes as irrelevant as the fax machine nowadays. 

 (((They))) will keep this disease on life support until the next Jewish deception is readied. Watch out. 

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It's okay not to be a Jew.

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pigpen EcoJoker Fri, 04/13/2018 - 15:22 Permalink

Ecojoker, congrats. Now let's hammer the digital spying censorship digtal surveillance goobook monopolies by destroying the value of digital advertising.

Whoever controls the browser controls the digtal advertising money.

Every citizen needs to download mobile adblocker immediately with my preference being brave browser for simplicity for mass adoption and default setting to protect user data.

Brave blocks advertising malware and tracking by DEFAULT on any device and operating system rendering digital advertising model useless.

What is value of advertising if an ad can't be served, viewed or tracked?

Cheers,

Pigpen

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wisehiney Fri, 04/13/2018 - 15:18 Permalink

“We’re going to win. We’re going to win so much. We’re going to win at trade, we’re going to win at the border. We’re going to win so much, you’re going to be so sick and tired of winning, you’re going to come to me and go ‘Please, please, we can’t win anymore.’  You’ll say ‘Please, Mr. President, we beg you sir, we don’t want to win anymore. It’s too much. It’s not fair to everybody else.’” Trump said. “And I’m going to say ‘I’m sorry, but we’re going to keep winning, winning, winning, We’re going to make America great again.”

Bone-Machine VAL THOR Fri, 04/13/2018 - 15:33 Permalink

You nailed it.

Hundreds of millions of humans in a filter bubble results in huge political consequences.

Facebook is a walled information garden for the screen culture.  It represents a holding cell of 2-way mirrors, like a giant echo chamber delivering tailored information for the one, rather than the many.  It is a complete blackout of collective awareness, a polarization of me vs. everyone else.  All of your digital trails are collected, monetized and delivered back to your screen playpen.    

Facebook results in a culture vacuum rather than any type human social experience.

In almost every sense, Zuckerberg represents the most evil human ever to populate the planet Earth.

(Bone sorry for the temporary intellectual moment.  Bone back to being Bone.)

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whatswhat1@yahoo.com Bone-Machine Fri, 04/13/2018 - 15:52 Permalink

Val Thor summarized the danger.

Bone elaborated on the danger.

Either way, Facebook should be treated like the most dangerous substance known to mankind.

Facebook is the ultimate Orwellian nightmare.

The "selling your data" argument is a smoke screen, obfuscation in order to mask their true intent, self-induced, total mind control.

God help us.

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jew.muz.mex.ni… monkey-EGO Fri, 04/13/2018 - 16:00 Permalink

Saw that Monkey.

It caused goose bumps and chills.

It begins slowly and picks up the pace towards the middle.

I love the sequence where people became irritated when somebody followed them around with a camera in locations like airports where they had already been observed by thousands of cameras and didn't let out a peep.

The tacit agreement between Big Brother and the slaves is mind-boggling.  

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Pollygotacracker Fri, 04/13/2018 - 15:25 Permalink

I deleted. I uploaded the zip file to my computer. Went back on FB and deleted the thirty odd apps that were following me. The zip file had a record of months of phone calls. I made a mistake getting a FB page, but I only had friends that were real friends or family. I did do one thing right. All my recent face shots were taken with sunglasses on. That will screw up their face recognition technology. Nightmare.

oddjob Fri, 04/13/2018 - 15:27 Permalink

Small example on how overvalued Facebook is. FaceBook lost more in Market Cap in the last month than the combined value of every publicly traded Gold and Silver producer on the TSX and NYSE.

BraceforImpact Fri, 04/13/2018 - 15:35 Permalink

....ok and the NSA and other alphabets have EVERYTHING.

 

You WILLINGLY gave a PRIVATE (whether or not funded by the CIA) EVERYTHING about you. Everything.

 

The PATRIOT act was an illegal shit on the 4th and 5th amendment. No one cares no one has cared.

 

 

Truthhurts Fri, 04/13/2018 - 15:41 Permalink

Yep deleted too however it’s Hotel California. You can check in but can never leave. Data will never be erased. In the hands of the NSA I suspect 

abgary1 Fri, 04/13/2018 - 15:41 Permalink

Security is important but what is FB doing with the data?

Social engineering is real but we have choices.

Get off the social media sites, limit your net use, use a search engine the does not track your queries, leave your mobile device at home and use cash.

Anything that leaves a digital footprint can be tracked.

Choose privacy and thus freedom over convenience.

 

Watch Citizen Four, the documentary of Ed Snowden, to understand how invasive the surveillance really is.

lechiffre10 Fri, 04/13/2018 - 15:43 Permalink

so that's almost 200 million accounts deleted if we are to believe Facebook's user base ~2billion ( think it's bullshit tho considering the number of fake accounts)

T830 Fri, 04/13/2018 - 16:05 Permalink

"Not a meaningful number." - Zuckerberg. 

 

Delete your facebook and kill this trash already.  Make it go the way of Myspace, and learn from your mistake.