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5:07 pm on Sep 7, 2018 (gmt 0)

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According to a Pew Research Center survey published Wednesday, 26 percent of Facebook users 18 and older have deleted the social media app off their phones following the fallout of the privacy scandal. Additionally, 54 percent of users have adjusted their privacy settings in the last 12 months, and 42 percent have taken a break from checking the site for several or more weeks.

Seventy-four percent of users have taken at least one of these three actions.

The actions users took varied by age. Younger users of the social media site were more likely to take these actions than older users. Nearly twice as many 18- to 29-year-olds, at 64 percent, have adjusted their privacy settings in the last 12 months as those aged 65 and older, at 33 percent. About half of users aged 50 to 64 adjusted their settings, and about 63 percent of those aged 30 to 49 did the same.

Forty-four percent of users aged 18 to 29 have deleted the app from their phone in the past 12 months, compared to just 12 percent of those aged 65 and older. About 20 percent of those aged 50 to 64 have deleted the app, and about 23 percent of those aged 30 to 49 have done the same. While about 40 percent of users 30 and older have taken a break from checking the site, 47 percent of 18 to 29-year-olds have done the same.

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Even though this survey is just a sample and not official data from Facebook, I believe it's still relevant. We've all seen a decreased usage of Facebook with the younger crowd, and finding that 44% of the 18-29 year olds surveyed have deleted it seems substantial.
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I quickly removed my company page from FB. I didn't want my branding poisened; didn't want any assumed complicity between us and the current gov't administration's data theft.

I do have an active personal FB account and did tighten up security, removing some personal information.
5:23 pm on Sept 7, 2018 (gmt 0)

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I'm not surprised in the least.
Very slowly people are waking up to the privacy issues.
7:17 am on Sept 8, 2018 (gmt 0)

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I've kept my personal page because I have a business page, and if I delete the business page then a competitor would likely snag it to impersonate me. So I don't have much of a choice :-(

But the last post on my personal page is 2 months old, and says that I never use Facebook and to instead message me on my own website.

At 43 years old, I fall in to the "42 percent have taken a break from checking the site for several or more weeks" category... but would delete it in a heartbeat if not for the risk of the business name being up for grabs.
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@csdude55 - just register you biz page as a verified business. That records ownership and contact. Then you can safely remove the page from FB. If anyone else then tries to create a FB biz page pretending to be your biz, you can easily get it removed. That's what I'vs done.
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I'll buy the privacy issues excuse when we hold Google to the same fire - until then everyone I know that is deleting Facebook is doing so because of MAGA trolls are ruining facebook and even if you're not a troll you just get tired of how bad things are politically that the last thing you need is to be reminded of it on facebook.
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I'll buy the privacy issues excuse when we hold Google to the same fire


it begins ( btw..its not a "privacy issues excuse" ) .it is a "privacy issues reason"..

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The problem is that privacy is a moving target and by the time people react someone else is doing the same or worse. People react only when whatever they have done hits the news.

I'll buy the privacy issues excuse when we hold Google to the same fire


Noting in the news, and FB has far more information on the typical user.
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The problem is that privacy is a moving target...
The problem is greed.
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Good, can't wait to see this company just go away.
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I make it easy for my visitors to share my content on their profiles but no longer maintain a page for my sites. I also closed my personal account and my productivity dramatically increased as a result of all of these changes.

This did not cost me any traffic and my sites are the better for it. I think a lot of people are coming to the same conclusion and/or they just have too many social profiles and have narrowed their activity to one or two. 26% seems low, expecially when you factor in the number of brand or non-human accounts.
 

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