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Tellwut Online Survey Finds That 69% Have No Intention of Closing Their Facebook Account

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In a Tellwut online survey of over 3000 members conducted April 4th through 8th, 2018, tellwut found that of the 83 % of past and present Facebook account holders, 69% had no interest in closing their Facebook account as a result of the recent privacy breach revelations surrounding Cambridge Analytica’s access to Facebook account holders data, while 23% were thinking about closing their Facebook account, 3% said that they had closed their account as a result of the recent allegations and 5% said they closed their account for other reasons. Demographic analysis found that 70% of Americans versus 67% of Canadians had no plans to close their account; females were far more likely to keep their account open at 71% versus males at 62% and in the 18-34 age group, 5% had already closed their account because of recent privacy issues versus only 2% of the 50+ crowd.

On March 17, 2018 the explosive story broke about Cambridge Analytica’s alleged harvesting of 50 million Facebook user’s data. The actual number of Facebook users whose data may have been breached and what data was accessed remains under investigation. Discussion on the potential swaying of public opinion swirls around this story. Tellwut further canvassed its community of tellwutters to see what opinions they had on this stormy situation.

In an article posted March 22, 2018 by Avery Hartman, Business, Harper lists categories of information that could have been obtained by Cambridge Analytica. The top 10 areas that tellwut respondents had the greatest concerns over privacy breach in order of unease were:

  • Location
  • About me
  • Photos & photo video tags
  • Birth date
  • Relationship and relationship details
  • Online Presence
  • Hometown
  • Work history
  • Websites
  • Checkins

Members were asked if they felt they may have been swayed to vote differently based on ads, blogs, etc. they saw on social media. 73% of Americans said no they weren’t affected, 12% thought yes and 15% were undecided. When asked if they felt other people could have been swayed, 49% of Americans said yes, 24% said no and 27% were undecided. When asked specifically if they believed fake news impacts voting results 64% of Americans said yes, 14% said no and 22% were undecided. Clearly people have far more faith in their own ability to sift through reality than they have in their fellow Americans.

Tellwutters have the opportunity to provide their opinion on survey topics. Below are a few comments voiced by tellwut members with respect to this survey:

J_M says: I have never thought what I do or say on Facebook was truly private so I am not concerned. I don't have any Facebook friends that are not smart enough to make their own decisions about their political ideas. This is a lot of hot air that wants to assume we are all stupid and would believe anything just because it was written and posted on Facebook.

Suzaloo says: I'm more concerned that because I'm now another decade older, I'm being targeted with senior dating ads, glowing reviews of retirement residences and funeral pre-planning. It feels like I need to become some sort of geriatric guerilla and fight back.

97B40 says: If any social media access is FREE then have you ever wondered how they make money? Well, they make money be selling your information, where you live, what your preferences are, what you think, who are your contacts, what you buy and where. So you are their product. They track everything you do online!

K_W says: I never have written anything on my Facebook account that I didn't want anyone else to know. It's creepy to me to know that security has been breached, but it's not something that I'm afraid of or ashamed for anyone else to know.

tamster1764 says: I think it is a risk you take on any social media. Now if it was information like banking, yearly income, taxes, home address or phone number then I would be concerned. I never post anything on social media that I would be concerned may get in the wrong hands.