Facebook tops the list of least trustworthy tech companies

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Senator-elect Josh Hawley discusses Facebook’s abuse of user information.

Last week, the latest in a long string of Facebook privacy scandals came to light: According to a report in The New York Times, the company has its own privacy rules to give more than 150 companies, including Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix, and Spotify, with special privileges to access the data of users.

This came days after the publication of a bug bare to 6.8 million users own photos of third-party app developers. These are only the two most recent controversies surrounding the social giant, who come under fire time and time again since the 2016 election for all of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal to the high-profile security breaches.

According to a December survey of 1,000 people conducted earlier this month by research firm Toluna, 40 percent of the respondents said that they trust Facebook the least with their personal information. That deep mistrust not only of the different leakage of data and privacy fiascos, but also from the revelations of how the company and its directors, Mark Zuckeberg and Sheryl Sandberg, have handled those crises.


Facebook is by far the most trusted tech company, according to the Toluna survey. Twitter and Amazon are bound to a second, each with 8 percent of respondents said they trust in the respective companies are the least with their data.

Uber, with its own string of executive drama and shady programs now overshadowed by the misery of Facebook and came in fourth at 7 percent. Lyft came in at 6 percent.

Google followed with 6 percent of the mistrust to vote on the heels of her slew of the data and the privacy-related controversies, the worker protests on a number of issues that culminated in Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai witness for Congressthis month. We want to bet on Google is higher on the list of least trustworthy tech companies a year from now.

Rounding out the list are Apple and Snap at 4%, Microsoft 2%, and Netflix and Tesla each at 1 percent.

This article originally appeared in PCMag.

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