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U.S. Facebook users taking breaks, uninstalling apps, changing privacy settings

Written by James Delahunty @ 05 Sep 2018 9:09

U.S. Facebook users taking breaks, uninstalling apps, changing privacy settings According to Pew Research, American Facebook users are responding to privacy concerns on Facebook in a variety of ways right up uninstalling the app altogether.
A survey of U.S. users between May 29 and June 11 has provided a look at how American Facebook users have responded to revelations like the Cambridge Analytica affair. More than half (54 percent) of Facebook users aged 18 and older have changed their privacy settings in the past twelve months.

The share of users who have decided to take long breaks away from the service (several weeks or more) is reported at around 42 percent. Just over a quarter of the users, 26 percent, say they have deleted the Facebook app from their mobiles devices.

Almost three-quarters of surveyed users (76 percent) say they have taken at least one of the above actions in the past year.

Facebook made it easier to download the data that they have collected on users, but only around 9 percent of respondents say they have downloaded their data.

More information on the survery, including methodology, can be seen at www.pewresearch.org (PDF)

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