Most Facebook users don’t trust site with their data: US Poll

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Most people who use Facebook don’t trust the company to handle their personal data, according to a new Huffington Post/YouGov poll.

 

When asked how much they trusted the social media giant with their data, 63 percent of respondents who use the site said not very much or not at all.

 

The survey was conducted March 21-23, days after it was reported that Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that worked for President Trump’s 2016 campaign, had improperly obtained personal information on 50 million Facebook users through a third-party app.

 

Fifty-five percent of respondents who said they had heard about the scandal said they were not satisfied with Facebook’s response.

 

Though the results come amid the fallout over the data scandal, the Huffington Post/YouGov findings released on Monday are nearly identical to a survey the groups conducted two years ago. In April 2016, the same poll found that 62 percent of respondents don’t trust Facebook with their data.

 

In the latest poll, 48 percent said they hold a favorable view of the company, while 44 percent view it unfavorably.

 

And despite Facebook’s public grappling with disinformation on its platform, a slight majority — 52 percent — say they trust the news they get from the site a great deal or a fair amount.

 

The poll surveyed 1,000 U.S. adults and has a margin of error of 4.1 percentage points.

 

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