A survey this week of 1,000 respondents representative of the USA population in gender and age, found that while only 9% of panelists deleted their account altogether, "there are less drastic steps users are taking that should be worrying as they directly impact Facebook's business model", wrote Carolina Milanesi of Creative Strategies, a market intelligence firm based in Silicon Valley that conducted the survey.
Speaking to the gravity of the situation, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg traveled down to Capitol Hill this week where he fielded pointed questions from lawmakers about data privacy and a range of other issues.
Facebook has been consumed by turmoil for almost a month, since it came to light that millions of users' personal information was wrongly harvested from the website by Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that has counted U.S. President Donald Trump's election campaign among its clients. But given all the data concerns around the company, Facebook has made a decision to delay its release.
If the people that represent us really want to hold Zuckerberg and Facebook accountable, we should be able to call his bluff. Future scandals could potentially damage the company's reputation.
Facebook also has revealed that practically all of its users had their public profiles scraped for information by malicious actors. Facebook's evolving terms of service and privacy policies have allowed the network, and third parties and advertisers on the platform, access to all sorts of information about you. On a question, if Facebook has a political bias, he said the platform's goal was not to engage in political speech.
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Zuckerberg said he understands the concerns, especially because "Facebook and tech industry is located in Silicon Valley, which is an extremely Left-leaning place".
The E.U.'s General Data Protection Regulation will impose much stronger privacy obligations and much more proactive privacy obligations on companies, Laidlaw said. "We've reviewed this feature to confirm that Facebook does not collect the content of messages-and will delete all logs older than one year", said Mike Schroepfer, chief technology officer, Facebook.
Others, in the free format comments, pointed out that they will take a more voyeuristic stance, going on Facebook to look at what people post but not engage.
It's Facebook's toxic combination of unsettled privacy and corporate power that demands still more scrutiny: how a single player became so damn dominant, whether it leverages that dominance in anticompetitive ways, and ultimately what tools Washington might exercise, if any, in the face of that consolidation.
But what about the large number of people who encounter Facebook somewhere and aren't scraping anything?