Facebook Users Are Unbothered by Privacy Debacle, Reuters Poll Shows

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The order comes days after both firms filed for insolvency after reports that Cambridge Analytica had improperly obtained data on tens of millions of Facebook users without their knowledge or consent. "It is important that Professor Carroll, and other members of the public, understand what personal data Cambridge Analytica held and how they analysed it".

Reuters and Ipsos on Sunday released the results of a poll conducted in April querying USA social media users' habits a month after the dodgy data revelations. That breaks down as: 18 percent ("I use it less"), 4 percent ("I stopped using it, but I still have an account") and 1 percent ("I've deleted my account"). In mid-March, news emerged that the developer of a third-party Facebook app had gathered data on more than 80 million users of the social network and had broken Facebook's rules by handing the info to CA.

The poll showed that Facebook suffered no clear loss or gain in use since admitting last month that the data of 87 million of its users had been improperly shared with the United Kingdom -based firm.

Analyst Michael Pachter of Wedbush Securities said Facebook is lucky the data apparently has been used only for political ads and not more nefarious purposes.

People familiar with the matter informed Bloomberg of Facebook considering a paid subscription model for privacy-conscious users. In its first quarter results, however, Facebook said the number of monthly users in the United States and Canada rose to 241 million on March 31 from 239 million on December 31, growth that was roughly in line with recent years.

Of the 2,194 users polled in the sample, 44% visit the site continuously throughout the day, and another 20% access Facebook once a day.

This would be great news for Twitter because apart from being very popular the social network is yet to turn a profit since it was founded back in 2006.

Although it's not entirely consistent with the previous question, roughly 78 percent said they knew how to change their Facebook privacy settings, while 22 percent said "no" or "don't know".

The Angus Reid poll revealed that three-quarters of Canadians would change the way they use Facebook as the scandal continues to unfold.

Thirty-nine percent said they have changed their privacy settings on Facebook since the Cambridge Analytica revelation, the highest rate among all platforms.

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