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Americans less likely to trust Facebook with personal data, poll says

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Only 41 percent of Americans trust Facebook to obey existing U.S. privacy laws, while 50 percent of Germans fear that the social network is that it has a negative impact on the democracy, on the basis of new studies.

The polls, taken prior to Facebook’s full page apology ads on Sunday in the major AMERICAN and English newspapers, sketches a gloomy picture as the tech company struggles to move forward in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized for a “breach of trust” in the ads. “We have a responsibility to protect your information. If we don’t, we don’t deserve,” said ad.

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The largest social media network is faced with an increasing control of the lawmakers on both sides of the Atlantic and are trying to rebuild trust after allegations that a data-mining company improperly obtained access to a user’s information that was later used to help elect Donald Trump in 2016.

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has asked to testify before U.S. lawmakers on the data privacy scandal.

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US Senator Mark Warner, D.-VA., the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in an interview on Sunday on NBC that Facebook had not been “fully forthcoming” about how Cambridge Analytica had used Facebook data.

Warner repeated calls for Zuckerberg to testify in person before the AMERICAN legislators, saying Facebook and other internet companies were reluctant to confront “the dark underbelly of social media.” In an interview with tech website Recode, Zuckerberg said he is open to testify if he thought he was the right person.

Facebook has lost almost $50 billion in market cap, and hashtags such as #QuitFacebook and #DeleteFacebook have gained traction online since the outrage has unfolded.

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The respondents to the Reuters survey had more trust in the Amazon (66 percent), Google (62 percent) and Microsoft (60 percent) with their personal data.

It is much too early to tell whether users are actually leaving Facebook en masse as a result of the scandal, eMarketer analyst Debra Williamson said in an interview with Reuters. Customers of banks or other industries don’t necessarily stop after the losing of faith, ” she said.

“It is psychologically harder to let go of a platform like Facebook that is pretty well rooted in the lives of people,” she said.

Christopher Carbone is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.

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