Cambridge Analytica data scandal makes 25% of young adults in America delete Facebook app


Did you delete the Facebook app from your phone or tablet recently? If yes, then you are not the only one who has done so due to privacy concerns.

A survey conducted by Pew Research says that nearly 25% of young adults in America have deleted their respective accounts from the Facebook platform after the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

Pew Research says that 44% of users aged 18-29 have deleted their app since June this year and others say that they have chosen to take an intensive break from Facebook.

As per the sources reporting to our Cybersecurity Insiders, all this activity comes in wake of the Facebook Cambridge Analytica Scandal exposed in March this year. Where 87 million user data from America was harvested without their knowledge and is alleged being used for a political campaign of Donald Trump in US 2016 polls.

Pew Research Center, a Washington DC-based demographic trend finding company says that it conducted a poll involving 4,594 US adults between June 11th and July 13th this year and found that 54% of Facebook users changed their privacy settings, while 42% of them have taken a break from the social media networking giant.

Interestingly, when the stats from a younger generation were taken into account, Pew Research found that 44% of them aged between 18-29 have chosen to delete the app and confirmed they will never return to the platform by any chance. Over 12% of users aged about 65 decided to follow the same.

Note- In March 2018, it was revealed that the data harvested from 87 million US Facebook users was used by a UK based firm named Cambridge Analytica in a political campaign which went in favor of the 45TH US President Donald Trump. The CEO of the social media giant Mark Zuckerberg testified the same before Congress in July 2018 and disclosed that his firm has cut ties with the scandalous firm in 2015 and will see that such scandals do not repeat in history.

But we suppose the damage has already been done!

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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