Scandals lead US Facebook users to back away


After a series of scandals, in the year up to September 2018 54% of American Facebook users had changed their privacy settings and 42% had skipped visiting the platform for several weeks or more. About 26% said they had deleted the Facebook app from their smartphone. Some 74% of Facebook users had taken at least one of these three actions, split evenly across Democrats and Republicans. Across age groups, younger users (18 to 29) were more likely to have deleted the app (44%), and only a third of older users over 65 had altered their privacy settings. Only 9% have downloaded their data from the site.
writer: Andrew Perrin
publication: Pew Research

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