Survey: Majority of Facebook users changed their behavior after data scandal

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By: Consumer Reports
September 26, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Consumer Reports) -- If months of reading about deceitful quiz apps, political meddling by Russian bots and unchecked data collection have you rethinking your relationship with Facebook, you’re not alone.

A recent Consumer Reports survey finds that seven out of 10 Facebook users changed their behavior after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. More than 1 in 3 became more cautious about their posts, revised privacy settings and turned off location tracking.

Still concerned about Facebook collecting your data?

You can turn off location tracking, you can turn off facial recognition and you can turn on two-factor authentication. That’s when your account requests a second bit of information, like a code sent to your phone, before allowing you to log in.

Consumer Reports found that people are sticking with Facebook for pretty basic reasons - it’s the easiest way to stay connected with
people, and 32 percent say it’s the best way to remember birthdays.

Even with these concerns, the majority of users still want Facebook to be free; nine out of 10 aren’t willing to pay a fee to stop Facebook from collecting their data.

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