26 percent of Americans give #DeleteFacebook a try

A statue is seen in front of the Facebook logo in this picture, March 20, 2018. REUTERS/dado Ruvic – RC155C02C7D0

Facebook had 1.47 billion daily active users as of June 2018, but at least a few need a time-out of the social media behemoth.

About 26 percent of US Facebook users have deleted the Facebook app from their phones in the past year, according to a Pew Research Center survey.

The poll was held from 29 May to 11 June, at a time when social media giant was still reeling from the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal. As much as 87 million Facebook users can have their data harvested by a BRITISH political consultancy used by top GOP political campaigns, including that of President Trump.


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According to Pew, the Facebook app exodus was higher in the younger generation. “In particular, 44 percent of younger users (people ages 18 to 29) say that they have been removed from the Facebook app to their phone in the past year, almost four times the share of users age 65 and older (12 percent) who have done this.”

A greater part of the Americans also

to refrain from constant Facebook use; 42 percent of the respondents

“taking a break” from check in with Facebook for a period of several weeks or more.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal, and Facebook’s attempts to address

can also asked more Americans to their privacy settings on the

. Pew’s research showed that 54 per cent of respondents had adjusted their Facebook privacy preferences.

“Older users are much less likely to say that they have adapted to their Facebook privacy settings in the past 12 months: Only a third of Facebook users 65 and older have done this, compared with 64 percent of the younger users,” the center added.

Pew released the poll—which involved 4,594 respondents and 3,413 Facebook users—months after it found signs that the AMERICAN teenagers leave Facebook for Instagram and Snapchat.

In April, consulting firm Creative Strategies poll of 1,000 Americans and found that 17 percent had removed the Facebook app from their smartphones; 9% had deleted their account entirely.

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